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13 January 2014: Hella Jongerius Design Director for Danskina


Hella has been a leading figure in the product design world since her early work for Droog, the Dutch design collective, and now at her Berlin-based studio Jongeriuslab, where material research largely determines design direction. A collaborator of Maharam’s since 2002, Hella’s clients also include KLM, Nymphenburg, IKEA, Royal Tichelaar Makkum, and Vitra. Approaching industry from the perspective of craft, and with a keen focus on colour and materials, Hella is a perfect fit for Danskina.

Danskina Rug Rhythms from JongeriusLab on Vimeo.

Danskina was founded in the Netherlands by Piet and Ina van Eijken in 1973. Since its inception, Danskina has gained a global reputation for quality and innovation, for its revival of long-lost production methods, and for its pioneering use of colour, materials, structures and techniques. Design has always been central to the brand, having previously worked with renowned talents like Ulf Moritz, Studio Linse, Giulio Ridolfo and Cristian Zuzunaga.

As Design Director, Hella will take Danskina in a new direction, bringing a strong focus on R&D to create innovative floor coverings for both contract and residential use.

The first products of Hella Jongerius for Danskina will launch at imm cologne 2014. Jongerius’s first pieces for Danskina include Bold, Duotone, and Multitone. All three designs are made from 100 percent pure wool by skilled weavers from India and New Zealand. Thick, warm and highly tactile they each feature an appealing irregularity that comes from processes used in their making. More info here.

4 - 8 December 2013: Gemstone Table in Miami

Galerie Kreo presents my new series of Gemstone Tables this week during Design Miami.

19 October 2013: Jongeriuslab at the Van Abbemuseum

During the annual Dutch Design Week, the exhibition entitled Self Unself will open at The Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, NL. For this exhibition, Jongeriuslab shows a selection of samples, models, prototypes and sketches that were made during the design process of the World Business Class cabin interior for KLM.

Installation of the Knots&Beads Curtain

Installation of the Knots&Beads Curtain by Hella Jongerius for the UN North Delegates’ Lounge
from JongeriusLab on Vimeo.

25 September 2013: Opening of the UN North Delegates’ Lounge

UN Lounge
More than sixty years after the opening of the UN North Delegates’ Lounge, Hella Jongerius has redesigned the lounge in collaboration with Rem Koolhaas, Irma Boom, Gabriel Lester and Louise Schouwenberg.

Their aim was to create a space of both comfort and professional informality. The team carefully edited the history of the space, retaining some of the iconic Scandinavian designs and creating a new perspective on the works of art already on display. They removed the mezzanine that had blocked the view of the East River, restoring the open architectural space.

Jongerius designed two new pieces of furniture for the lounge: the Sphere Table and the UN Lounge Chair, produced by Vitra. For the East Facade Jongerius designed the Knots & Beads Curtain, with hand-knotted yarn and 30,000 porcelain beads made from Dutch clay by Royal Tichelaar Makkum. Jongerius was also responsible for revitalizing the colour palette, selecting the furniture and designing the cradle-to-cradle Grid Carpet.

The UN buildings in New York date from 1951, six years after the foundation of the UN. Referred to as ‘A Workshop for Peace’, the complex was designed by a team of architects including Le Corbusier, Oscar Niemeyer and Wallace K. Harrison. In 2009, the UN launched a large-scale renovation project, which is now nearly complete. At the request of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hella Jongerius formed a team to redesign the lounge and bring it into a new era. The renovation and redesign of the lounge is a gift from the Netherlands to the UN.

The lounge will be officially opened on September 25, 2013 by Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frans Timmermans, in the presence of Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

11-16 June 2013 Design Miami (Basel, Switzerland)

Jongeriuslab will present new table Niebla at Design Miami 2013. Do visit the stand of Galerie Kreo in Hall 1, Süd. The fair is open daily for public from 11-16 June, 11.00-19.00. More information can be found at the website of the fair:

Design Miami (Basel, Switzerland) 2013

9 -14 April 2013 Salone del Mobile (Milano)

Jongeriuslab will present some new work at the Salone del Mobile.
Please visit the Vitra Stand in Hall 20, stand C05 / D04.
You can visit the stand daily from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm.

Invitation by Vitra

Reveal of the design for the KLM World Business Class interior

On March 19th 2013, KLM and Jongeriuslab will reveal the new interior of the KLM Business Class. Jongeriuslab not only designed the brand new full-flat seat but also the complete new interior.

Amstelveen, 12 April 2012 – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has asked leading Dutch designer Hella Jongerius to revitalise its World Business Class (WBC) cabin interior across the fleet. This will enable KLM to modernise its WBC product, uniting international allure with top Dutch design to emphasise a sense of pride in our Dutch heritage.

By cooperating in this unique manner with Hella Jongerius, KLM intends to create an entirely new Business Class look & feel. In addition to designing the interior, Hella Jongerius will shape the full-flat seats. Customer comfort and safety always form the premise, harmonising well with KLM’s brand values. This also fits into the broader context of other successful KLM initiatives in WBC with top Dutch chefs and fashion designers.

Erik Varwijk, Managing Director KLM: “By choosing to work with Hella Jongerius, KLM is opting to engage a top Dutch designer to help make our Business Class passengers feel at home on board. As a designer, Hella has broad experience which she can apply to the needs of KLM and its customers, in accordance with the specific requirements for cabin interiors in the airline industry. Her previous projects demonstrate her ability to process such criteria into top-quality designs such as the ‘polder sofa’, which is both comfortable and beautiful. With her expertise and focus on quality, she is keenly aware of what makes a brand unique. An outstanding match!”

Hella Jongerius: “It’s a brilliant opportunity for me to design the cabin interior and the new business class seat for KLM. The challenge is one of safeguarding individual comfort in amiable settings using innovations. In so doing, I can optimally combine traditional details, and my industrial textile and colour skills with high-tech functionality.”

KLM will begin revitalising the first aircraft in June 2013. The Boeing 747-400s will be converted first; a total of 22 aircraft. Further details of the design and the new seat will be published in the second half of 2012.

Oranienbaum Summer Exhibition 2012

In the summer of 2012, Oranienbaum Palace (located near Berlin, Germany) hosted an exhibition of contemporary Dutch Design and fashion in combination with historical artefacts from the Dutch Royal Archives. Built for Henriette Catharina, Princess of Anhalt-Dessau, Oranienbaum is part of the heritage of the House of Orange-Nassau. With a major conservation and refurbishment process nearing completion, the palace and its park have been restored to their former grandeur.

The exhibition covered some 50 rooms. Each one was a showcase for ceramics, glassware and glass objects, silver and furniture, from the tea salon to the dressing-room of the mistress of the house, from the former princely apartments to the basement with its Delft blue tiles, from the bedchamber to the entrance hall.

installing vases

Coloured Vases (series 3) was featured in one of the rooms of the palace, you can watch a movie of the set up of the installation of 300 vases here: