A day at home is like going on an excursion in a familiar landscape. Colours and materials indicate the weather conditions; ornaments and textures differentiate the topography of the room. The horizon is lined with various kinds of cushions. For Hella Jongerius, “these kinds of experiences with furniture are essential because they create emotions”. Just like an abstract painting, the Polder Sofa lets the imagination run wild and provides a platform for a person’s thoughts, associations and feelings.
A patchwork of meadows and pastures stretches out between the flat backrest and the seat, putting the five different colour shades and fabric textures of the padded cushions on display. The elongated and flat furniture carcass is reminiscent of the flat polder landscapes in the Netherlands and Flanders, which are protected from storm tides by dikes and trenches. The back of the sofa forms a protective wall, the vertical surface of which is decorated with colourful threads and buttons.
“I try to combine discoveries from the archives with contemporary patterns and techniques”, says Hella Jongerius about the Polder design. The sofa combines high-tech and handicraft, retrospection and the present. As an abstract composition, it enriches daily life and fulfils individual living needs.
“People like feeling that they love and appreciate the things around them. Therefore it is necessary to give them good reason to do so.” Hella Jongerius