Artist/Designer: Hella Jongerius
b. 1963, DeMeern, Utrecht
Title: Embroidered Plate from Delft Blue Project 2001
Medium: Porcelain, cotton thread
Dimensions: 9" diameter
Manufacturer: JongeriusLab. Produced in conjunction with Royal Tichelaar Makkum.
Details: This plate is part of a project titled Delft Blue B-Set commissioned by the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag for their exhibition "Delft in Detail". Jongerius curated this exhibition to highlight works from the museum's world-renowned collection of traditional Delftware in combination with contemporary works. The complete Delft Blue B-Set included this plate, a tall cup, a jug with a bronze handle, another plate with a pixelated image of a Delft pattern, and three small colored beakers. Jongerius makes holes in the porcelain plate, in a specific and traditional pattern, while the porcelain is drying. Once dry, she embroiders the design with cotton thread. Small plastic twist tie added on back for hanging.
Notes from the Archive: Hella Jongerius' work straddles the boundaries between craft and industrial design. The New York Times design critic, Alice Rawsthorn, mentions Jongerius' "greatest achievement is to have introduced ambiguity and sensuality to the clinical culture of industrial design." She is best known for her designs for textiles for Maharam, furnishings for Vitra and shoes for Camper. Her work is in the permanent collection of museums world-wide. This Embroidered Plate is a perfect example of her exquisite translation of traditional decoration into a new and contemporary expression. Extremely collectible!
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