Dutch designer Hella Jongerius is famous for her ability to merge her handmade aesthetic with mass-production techniques for companies like Vitra and Ikea. Even her new monograph, Hella Jongerius: Misfit, published by Phaidon this January, includes these handmade elements, with a stitched spine and zine-like pages, designed by Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom. 300 special edition copies will feature even more of Jongerius's touch: She's not only signing and numbering them, she's also creating 300 one-of-a-kind vases that will accompany the books.
In this video, we see the vases being produced in Royal Tichelaar Makkum ceramic factory in the Netherlands, which has been in operation since 1572. True to form, Jongerius interacts with the pieces at each stage, demanding slight imperfections in their shapes, leaving her fingerprints in the ceramic, and choosing the layers of glaze that makes every vase different. It's centuries of tradition combined with Jongerius's dedication to craft in a way that will make the vases' 300 future owners feel very unique indeed.
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