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Hella Jongerius - Misfit

Competition: five copies of Hella Jongerius: Misfit to be won

We've teamed up with publishers Phaidon to offer readers the chance to win one of five copies of their new monograph about Dutch designer Hella Jongerius.

Hella Jongerius - Misfit

Entitled Hella Jongerius: Misfit and designed by Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom, the 225 page stitch-bound book documents Jongerius' work since 1993.

Hella Jongerius - Misfit

The book is richly illustrated with over 300 photographs, as well as two essays written by New York Times design critic Alice Rawsthorn and senior curator at MoMA Paola Antonelli.

Hella Jongerius - Misfit

It also includes four hypothetical conversations between Jongerius and author Louise Schouwenberg.

Hella Jongerius - Misfit

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Hella Jongerius: Misfit

Dutch designer Hella Jongerius (b.1963) is one of the most individual and influential product designers working today. In January Phaidon Press will launch a new monograph Hella Jongerius: Misfit celebrating the designer’s eclectic work. A major exhibition of the same name, displaying a range of Jongerius’ remarkable products, will also be on show at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (13 November 2010 – 13 February 2011).

Richly illustrated with over 350 photographs, Hella Jongerius: Misfit presents the designer’s work in extraordinary detail. A desirable Collector’s Edition will also be available, accompanied by an exclusive vase designed by Jongerius and manufactured by Royal Tichelaar Makkum.

The designer’s unique aesthetic has often been described as a fusion of opposites; manufacturing and craft; high and low tech; traditional and contemporary. Materials are brought together in unusual and often contradictory ways, creating works that are extremely textural and beg to be touched: rough edged leather is rolled to create wheels; paint is dripped messily onto earthenware; ceramics are sewn onto cotton table cloths; vases are soft and sinks are made from rubber.

The title of both book and exhibition allude to Jongerius’ belief that quality craftsmanship is indistinguishable in perfect, industrial products, and is only present in the ‘misfits’, their imperfections betraying the process and the hand of the maker. Jongerius pioneered the reintroduction of craftsmanship in contemporary design. By incorporating crafted individuality into the industrial manufacturing process she has succeeded in creating eclectic pieces which play on consumers’ expectations of style and function.

The Polder Sofa was Jongerius’ first industrially designed piece of furniture and marked the beginning of her highly successful professional association with Vitra. True to the Jongerius ethos, the piece contains several different types of material and textures (some chosen specifically to look worn), nuances of colour and mismatched cushion sizes. All of these small but significant variants highlight the uniqueness and individuality of her design.

Created in close collaboration with Jongerius, the monograph exhibits all of her work to date. The book features the main text, consisting of four hypothetical conversations between Jongerius and author Louise Schouwenberg (a Dutch writer, curator and Associate Professor of Design Theory at Design Academy Eindhoven), which discusses Jongerius’ working methods, disillusion with the perfection of much industrial product design, and the development of her key designs. Two essays by contemporary design experts Alice Rawsthorn and Paola Antonelli further contextualise Jongerius’ work.

The breadth of detail, along with the striking imagery ensures Hella Jongerius: Misfit is the ultimate insight into one of the most creative product designers working today. The extraordinary book was designed by the wellknown Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom.


Photographs detailing Jongerius’ work from 1993 to the present, spread across 225 pages.

‘A Conversation that might have taken place’, four dialogues between Jongerius and author Louise Schouwenberg.

‘The Human Factor’, an essay by Alice Rawsthorn.

‘Hella’s Imperfect World’, an essay by Paola Antonelli.

‘Complete Works’, an illustrated catalogue detailing all of Jongerius’ work.

Tile Information

Title: Hella Jongerius: Misfit
Texts: Louise Schouwenberg (editor), Alice Rawsthorn, Paola Antonelli
Graphic Design: Irma Boom Office / Irma Boom and Sanne van de Goor
ISBN: 9780714859873
Extent: 308 pp
Retail Price: £29.95
Binding: Stitch bound
Publication Date: January 2011
Illustrations: 350 colour illustrations
Size: H 255 x W 185 mm, H 10 x W 7 ¼ inches

Congratulations to the winners! Filipa Neves in Portugal, Arnaud Thomas in France, Luis Manuel Cardenas Pena in the UK, Ryan Collier in the USA and Ilektra Kanestri in Greece all won copies of Hella Jongerius: Misfit

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