With the quiet irony typical for her work, Hella Jongerius named her new sofa for Vitra Polder. The word refers to the tracts of land reclaimed from the sea in Holland by creating dikes and drainage ditches. The elongated carcass of this asymmetrically arranged sofa is similarly low and flat, and emphasises the horizontal.
Born in De Meern in 1963, she studied industrial design at the Eindhoven Design Academy and has since combined elements of that discipline with those of traditional craftsmanship in products, textiles and ceramics. Many of her early designs were manufactured by Droog, the influential Dutch design collective, and she now puts her own work into production through Jongeriuslab, her Rotterdam studio, as well as developing products for manufacturers such as Maharam, Royal Tichelaar Makkum and Vitra.