Vases by Hella Jongerius for Maharam

Vases by Hella Jongerius for Maharam

Hella Jongerius

' latest textile for Maharam is a colorful weave called Vases, which is based on her iconic Red White Vase design from 1997.

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The design for Hella Jongerius’ Vases textile stems from her enduring fascination with colors and materials.

If the design looks a little familiar it’s because Jongerius used her iconic 1997 Red White Vase design (shown below) as inspiration. Now re-imagined as a densely placed motif, the Red White Vase was a mass-produced ceramic product that was made using a combination of ancient craft techniques and modern industrial technology. It also served as a neutral, three-dimensional canvas in a series of color experiments that Jongerius conducted in 2003, 2007, and 2010, when she arranged over 300 multicolored vases into concentric circles as part of an investigation into optically merging colors.

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Made from 62% cotton, 38% solution-dyed post-industrial recycled nylon, the Vases textile uses a variety of textural weave structures-including a plain, satin, rib and twill weave – to mimic the overlapping blocks of translucent color found on the original ceramic vase.

Look out for the companion pattern, Colorwheel by Hella Jongerius, which will follow in June.

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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 as 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. Jongerius' work ranges from one-offs and limited editions exhibited at galleries to consumer products available through companies like Vitra, Nymphenburg, Royal Tichelaar Makkum, and IKEA.

About the manufacturer: Recognized for its rigorous and holistic commitment to design, Maharam offers a comprehensive collection of textiles for commercial and residential interiors. Maharam is a fourth-generation American family business founded in 1902 by Louis Maharam, a Russian immigrant.


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