Since we're celebrating ceramics all month we thought this might be the time for a reaaaally special special. Through May 1st we're offering all pieces by Hella Jongerius for 25% off*. She's a longtime favorite designer of ours and we've had her work in the winkel since day one. We became more familiar with her work around the same time we were concocting the idea for Woonwinkel, and yes, learning the meaning of that Dutch word.
Jongerius is a Dutch designer who's known for bringing the touch of a hand to industrial processes. Encouraging irregularity in normally highly controlled processes, she championed the idea of hand-craftsmanship for mass produced items. She's created products for large companies like IKEA but is also very conscious of not producing too much--she champions buying fewer, better things--a principle on which Woonwinkel was born.
Jongerius currently lives and works in Berlin. Her work has been shown in such prestigious museums as The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, Villa Noailles, Hyères in Paris, Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch in The Netherlands, the Design Museum in London, and Cibone in Tokyo.
Descriptions of the products below are borrowed from Thomas Eyck, a distributor of contemporary design products.
Here Hella Jongerius emphasizes the transition between transparent and white by having the platter immersed partly in the tin glaze. By doing this, she not only focuses attention on the production process by making it part of the decoration, but reveals the colour of the Friesian clay for the first time in centuries. The result is a series of attractive products with a contemporary allusion to history and special use of traditional skills.
Together with the Big White Pot, the Red White Vase has become a modern classic. Both are the end result of Hella Jongerius exploration of medieval pots. Hella Jongerius cast these two vessels from the moulds of restored medieval pots. The rough casting seams, along with the potter's traditional thumbprint, give the impression of antique vessels while the strong, solid forms are a clear indications of modern industry.
Shop for Hella Jongerius HERE and take 25% off with promo code HELLAJONGERIUS25.
*this promotion is not to be used with other discounts.