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A Hella; A Lab; An Open-ended exploration

As the title of Hella Jongerius’s 2016 book I don’t have a favourite colour succinctly explains, Hella Jongerius doesn’t have a favourite colour.

Not that Hella Jongerius is indifferent about colours.

Far from it.

And in explaining why colours are important to her, and why she doesn’t have a favourite colour, Hella Jongerius helps one approach a better understanding not only of colours, nor only of our relationships with and to colours, but also helps one approach a better understanding of the functionalities of colour…….

The Polder Sofa by Hella Jongerius for Vitra.... Proof, were it needed, that Hella Jongerius doesn't have a favourite colour.....

As the 19th century English poet Robert Browning so very, very, nearly phrased it:

Oh, to be in Berlin, Vienna, Chemnitz, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, or Berlin (again),
Now that April’s there,
And whoever wakes in Berlin, Vienna, Chemnitz, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, or Berlin (again),
Sees, some morning a most interesting, entertaining and instructive sounding architecture and/or design exhibition,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough……

5 New Architecture & Design Exhibitions for April 2021

Can innovation be an end to itself? Are we living in excess? Do things bewilder and inspire us still? Does a museum collection inevitably lose its link to reality as time goes by? What is good design?

The exhibition Hella Jongerius & Louise Schouwenberg – Beyond the New at Die Neue Sammlung Munich poses a lot of questions.

Questions which needn’t necessarily find answers, but which should serve as inspiration and motivation to further questions, and thus a deeper discourse on design.

Hella Jongerius & Louise Schouwenberg - Beyond the New, Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum, Munich

Red and yellow and pink and green, purple and orange and blue…..

Life is so simple as a child.

Yet whereas in almost all other respects the progression to adulthood is one of simplicity to complexity, in terms of our understanding of colour we never lose our inner child.

With the exhibition Breathing Colour at the Design Museum London the Dutch designer Hella Jongerius encourages us to sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow new.

Noon colour catchers, as seen at Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius, London Design Museum

Milan 2014 Artek Rival Konstantin Grcic

If we’re honest, we really, really, should have seen it coming. We didn’t. Having been acquired in 2013 by Vitra,

Vitra Charles and Ray Eames EA 101, 102 104

Older readers will remember how last year one of the Vitra Senior Manager’s quoted from this blog in his pre-fair

What with the sweet afterglow of Vienna Design Week behind us we entered October 2013 full of enthusiasm – not

Hella Jongerius Sphere Table Vitra VitraHaus

Back in October one of the joys of Orgatec 2012 in Cologne was watching visitors reactions to Hella Jongerius‘ Sphere

Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazine Der frühe Vogel Sebastian Herkner

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Spring Excellence Talent and Inspiration in Design Premsela at Designhuis Eindhoven

During Dutch Design Week 2011 Premsela, the Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion, opened an exhibition in the Designhuis Eindhoven

At the 2011 Milan Furniture Fair Vitra are presenting a range of new products from designers including Konstantin Grcic, Antonio

Although Alexander Girard worked closely with Herman Miller and designers such as George Nelson or Charles and Ray Eames; Alexander

Last Saturday – 13.11.2010 for the sake of all Internet archaeologists who find this post in 120 years – Museum

The theme of the 2010 Designpreis Halle is and was “travel” For us travelling to Halle has a special meaning

For Berlins premier design show DMY Berlin is mighty shy: but then it is only 5. And certainly no better

One of the real joys of spring is that two of our favourite worlds nearly, but very nearly, collide –

For us there are many highlights to the (smow) design year, Milan, London, Brussels, Copenhagen…. and of course DMY Berlin.

As many of you will be aware, the construction of the VitraHaus was not without it’s controversy. For all the

Some 285 journalists were present for the press preview of Herzog & De Meuron’s new VitraHaus in Weil am Rhein

It’s not all hard work you know. Just read a nice little article on dutch design portal in which

It’s Dumfries Show on Saturday. That won’t mean much to the most people, but for us it is a sure

One of the reasons we never pursued a career as film reviewers is that writing in the dark is so

When we were over in New York we took an evening off from partying to view Objectified, Gary Hustwit’s new

A Thursday evening in New York and the finer elements of Manhattan society meet to celebrate the opening of the