Nine limited edition Polder sofas by Hella Jongerius will be on view at the Vitra Store in new York City until May 4th.
The Polder sofa was originally designed in 2005 and was Jongerius’s first industrially designed piece of furniture. Vitra debuted this limited edition version in April last year at the Salone del Mobile in Milan.
The name Polder actually refers to the low-lying tracts of land enclosed by embankments that are found in Jongerius' home country of the Netherlands. The patchwork effect of the polder landscape is reflected in the sofa's elongated horizontal lines, low-lying form, and asymmetry.
Each section of the sofa is distinguished by a unique fabric and proportion, resulting in an abstract composition of color, pattern, and texture. The large, decorative buttons are made of materials like bone and mother-of-pearl and are secured using cross-stitched high-tech threads for visual punctuation.
For this special limited edition, Jongerius selected six Maharam textiles, including her embroidered Layers and Borders, which she designed for Maharam over the course of their decade-long collaboration. The Maharam Polder also features Exaggerated Plaid by Paul Smith, the British fashion designer’s modern take on Scottish tradition, as well as mohair velvet and two scales of checked wool. A custom Bovist stool and belted Queen’s cushion — originally designed for a Polder commissioned by the Netherlands’s Queen Beatrix—complete the presentation.
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About the designer: Hella Jongerius has been a standout in the world of product design since her early work for Droog, the Dutch design collective, and now at Jongeriuslab, where material research largely determines design direction. Her unique approach to craft from the perspective of industry, and her ability to combine these seemingly oppositional modes of production, has allowed her to create individuality on a mass scale. Her designs are typified by contextual twists, historical archetypes, and by transformations from old to new.
About the manufacturers: Maharam offers a comprehensive collection of textiles for commercial and residential interiors.
Vitra is a furniture company dedicated to developing healthy, intelligent, inspiring and durable solutions for the office, the home and for public spaces. Vitra’s products and concepts are developed in Switzerland by applying a diligent design process that brings together the company’s engineering excellence with the creative genius of leading international designers. Vitra’s goal is to create products with a high functional and aesthetic life expectancy.