Artist/Designer: Hella Jongerius
b. 1963, DeMeern, Holland
Title: Jonsberg Vase, 2005
Dimensions: 13 3/8" h x 11.75" diameter
Manufacturer: IKEA, Sweden. Made in China
Details: The Jonsberg Project for IKEA included production for 4 different ceramic vases in techniques that referred to specific parts of the world; Soviet-Union, Africa, Asia and Europe. This example in terra-cotta with a white decorative pattern references African ceramics. Additional styles include an all black version with a blue bird, a pink version with a gold design and an all white vase with an embroidery pattern (also available).
Notes from the Archive: Hella Jongerius’s Jonsberg Vase for IKEA is a perfect example of how to preserve traces of the craft process within a mass-produced product. The vase itself has a clean-lined, classic shape that would be fitting in a minimalist modern setting without any embellishment. Jongerius, however, is known for reinterpreting conventions of craft to produce new hybrids that are imbued with warmth, nostalgia, and fun. In this case, the seemingly random dots are indented, hinting at the hand of a local artisan and inviting to touch of the viewer. Jongerius notes that this kind of time-consuming craftsmanship is only possible at affordable prices when produced by manufacturers who can produce and distribute the objects in large quantities. Numerous international museums own examples from this series including the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
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