The making of 300 unique vases by Hella Jongerius

As mentioned previously previously, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam is currently presenting 'Misfit', the first retrospective exhibition in the Netherlands of the designer Hella Jongerius.

The exhibition features the full range of Jongerius' output, ranging from industrial products to experiments and sketch models, giving an overview of the designer's preoccupations; such as embracing imperfection in the handmade object and thoughtful use of decoration and colour.

It also features her most recent work: 300 unique vases arranged in a circle according to colour, which have been developed in close collaboration with Royal Tichelaar Makkum.

Over the weekend, some were actually broken by a visitor to the exhibition who fell into the display. However, Jongerius was unfazed, saying on twitter "It's a fantastic accident,” and telling Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad “I've been looking at the pictures and those fallen vases are like fish on land desperately trying to breathe.”

The remaining vases, minus the damaged 40 have now been rearranged into a new formation that will be on view for the duration of the exhibition, which continues until February 13 '11

To coincide with the new monograph accompanying the show, written by Louise Schouwenberg with contributions by Alice Rawsthorn and Paola Antonelli; publishers Phaidon have released this video showing the unique making process behind the 300 unique vases.



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