Hella Jongerius studied Industrial Design at the Eindhoven Design Academy and graduated in 1993. She came to prominence very soon after graduating, with a series of her designs being produced by the influential Dutch conceptual design collective Droog Design. She started her own design company, Jongeriuslab, in 1993 in Rotterdam, and in 2009 moved to Berlin.
She works for many prestigious clients, including KLM, Vitra, Maharam, Royal Tichelaar Makkum, Artek and Nymphenburg, and her work is held in the collections of MoMA New York, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Design Museum in London, amongst many others. Jongerius designs a range of products, including furniture, lighting,glassware, ceramics, and textiles. Her work combines the traditional with the contemporary, the newest technologies with age-old craft techniques. Jongerius is also fascinated by the value of deviations from perfection, the misfits, the individual character that products can assume. In most of her products, she succeeds in creating this individual character by including craft elements in the industrial production process.As an art director for Vitra, Danskina and Artek, she defines an over all concept for the colours and materials of classic and contemporary design. ‘I like to give the classics a new energy. It is an honour to take care of our heritage’.