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April 4th - May 30th, 2009
Hella Jongerius celebrates
the sculptural quality of design in her latest products, artificial flowers
and animal tables.
Jongerius has become known for the way she explores the possibilities
and boundaries of both handicraft and industrial techniques and subsequently
stretches them beyond the already known. For instance, in many of her
works she has succeeded in producing uniqueness within the industrial
production process through an optimal exploitation of coincidences and
Apart from this fascination for techniques, the narrative quality of products
has always played a mayor role in her work. Stories seem to hide underneath
the skin of products, due to the reinterpretation of historical decorative
patterns, but also due to the imaginative use of the images of flowers
and animals.While exploring the technical and narrative possibilities
of designs, Jongerius never crosses the ‘natural’ boundaries
of the design field.
She has taken yet another experimental step within her career: the celebration
of the sculptural quality of furniture and the ‘missing link’
of her vases, flowers. A flower has become design, a table has become
frog, because they were intimately engaged with the material traces of
the handcrafted production process.