Artist/Designer: Hella Jongerius
b. 1963, DeMeern, Utrecht
Title: Polder Sofa
Medium: Wood, polyurethane foam, polyester and wool upholstery, buttons, waxed thread
Dimensions: 30.75" h x 115" x 39.25"
Manufacturer: Vitra. Made in Germany.
Details: Designed in 2005-2015. This example is the extra long version from early production. The upholstery always includes six shades of the same color, here in hues of brown, a combination no longer offered. Beautiful design details on all sides including buttons along the back. Hidden zippers allow covers may be removed for dry cleaning. Also included is the optional, moveable armrest on the right. In good condition, some fading on largest back pillow. Extremely comfortable as a sofa or a chaise.
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. The word "polder" refers to the low-lying flatlands now used for agricultural purposes that have been reclaimed from the sea. The Polder sofa evokes the characteristics of the Dutch polder landscape.
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