"Hella Jongerius: Misfit" is a detailed survey of the work of Dutch product designer Hella Jongerius (b. 1963). She came to prominence very soon after graduating from Eindhoven Design Academy, with a series of her designs being produced by the influential Dutch conceptual design collective Droog Design. She has since collaborated with many prestigious manufacturers, including Vitra, Royal Tichelaar Makkum, and Swarovski. Her work is held in the collections of MoMA, the Stedelijk Museum, and the Design Museum in London, amongst many others.
Jongerius designs a range of products, including furniture, lighting, textiles and glassware but has a particular interest in ceramics. Her work combines the traditional with the contemporary. Her interest in new technologies and processes and in older techniques created an extreme example--Red White Vase. It is based upon an amalgamation of medieval pottery shards, glued together to form an archetype, put into serial production, and decorated with a type of paint usually used to paint car bodies. Jongerius is also fascinated by the value of the individual character and qualities that objects can assume, and in how individuality can be incorporated into manufactured products.
The book has been written and designed in collaboration with Jongerius, it includes all of her work and has contributions from three experts on contemporary product design, Louise Schouwenberg, Paola Antonelli and Alice Rawsthorn. It is illustrated with over 350 photographs and has been designed by renowned graphic designer Irma Boom.