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Celebrating the Master of Imperfections, Hella Jongerius [Slideshow]

Hella Jongerius has built a career from perfecting the art of the imperfection. The Dutch design heavyweight is a pioneer in custom manufacturing, she injects everything from fabric to ceramics with minute inconsistencies, making them appear handmade and entirely sui generis. She has designed earthenware for Ikea that manages to escape the uniform Ikea aesthetic.

Hella Jongerius has built a career from perfecting the art of the imperfection. The Dutch design heavyweight is a pioneer in custom manufacturing, she injects everything from fabric to ceramics with minute inconsistencies, making them appear handmade and entirely sui generis. She has designed earthenware for Ikea that manages to escape the uniform Ikea aesthetic. And in Jongerius’s hands, a table is never just a table; it’s a table with an enormous frog sprouting out of it. “Misfits,” Jongerius has said, “are my idea of perfection.”

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To that end, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam will open Misfit, a retrospective of the designer’s work, next month. Here’s a preview:

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Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D

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