In 2013, Hella Jongerius and Vitra collaborated on the design of a chair for the North Delegates Lounge at the UN headquarters in New York.
This model served as a basis for the development of the East River Chair. With its distinctive form and casual combination of diverse materials and colours, it clearly bears the signature of the Dutch designer. East River Chair Leather, a new version of this design, features a seat shell covered entirely with leather. Hella Jongerius developed four variations, each of which combines leathers in two different colours on the inner and outer face, using contrasting cross stitching for a decorative effect. Contrary to the expressive mix of materials and fabrics used for the East River Chair, the East River Chair Leather exudes a calmer visual appearance, while still offering the same degree of comfort and spinal support thanks to its high-quality upholstery and quilted lumbar cushion. The base is available in a light or dark version.
The designer Hella Jongerius has become known for the manner in which she fuses industry and craft, high- and low-tech, traditional and contemporary. In 1993 she founded the Jongeriuslab studio, where she has pursued independent projects and also created products for major clients, including Maharam, Danskina, IKEA and KLM.
For Vitra, the Dutch designer has developed distinctive pieces such as the Polder Sofa and the East River Chair. Jongerius has consistently addressed the significance of colours and surfaces in contemporary design in her work with textiles, ceramics and furniture. She has been the Art Director for colours and materials at Vitra for many years and developed the Vitra Colour & Material Library – a system that enables the versatile combination of different materials and colours throughout the extensive Vitra product collection. Hella Jongerius has also written a book about this complex task entitled «I Don’t Have a Favorite Colour».
Works by Hella Jongerius have been shown at museums and galleries such as Design Museum (London), Galerie kreo (Paris) and the Moss Gallery (New York).