Hella Jongerius is one of the world’s leading designers, known for her research-driven approach and vigorous work on uniting craftsmanship and industrial production, infusing mass produced objects with imperfection, sensibility and character. She founded her Jongeriuslab design studio in 1993, and has worked on commissioned projects for Vitra, Maharam, the interior design of the Delegates’ Lounge of the United Nations Headquarters and the cabin interiors of the Dutch airline KLM. She has also initiatied many independent projects, with exhibitions at the Design Museum London (2017), Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich (2017), the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm (2018), Lafayette Anticipations, Paris (2019) and Gropius Bau in Berlin (2021). Jongerius’ work can be found in permanent collections including the MoMA, New York, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Since 2009 she has lived and worked in Berlin.
“We need to find new ways, to tackle the old systems and to reconfigure our relations to the earth and all its inhabitants. Therefore, I believe we need to design new systems and new forms of education. This is the reason why I contribute to the dieDAS academy, which is based in a trouble area, where in creative spirit of cooperation, talented young individuals work together for common good. What happens in a region is happening to the world and is happening to us. In the fringes is often where the action happens, in cultural vitality with interconnectedness of all beings,- try to design a way out of this shit.”