The distinctive character of Hella Jongerius's comfortable Polder Sofa derives from the combination of diverse fabrics and colours, an asymmetrical shape and charming details.
In the home country of Dutch designer Hella Jongerius, the word 'polder' refers to low-lying flatlands, typically subdivided into fields for agriculture, which have been reclaimed from the sea by means of dykes and drainage canals. Created with a flat surface and horizontal emphasis that evoke the characteristic features of this type of landscape, the Polder Sofa exhibits an unusual asymmetrical shape and carefully crafted combination of colours, materials and textures.
The cushions and body of the Polder Sofa are covered with different fabrics in carefully coordinated tones. The four palettes – The Sea Greens, The Pebble Greys, The Earth Reds and The Antarctic Blues – are muted, earthy shades. Thanks to these understated compositions, Polder is perfectly suited to any interior. To accentuate these colour combinations, the eye-catching buttons – another special Polder feature – are made of natural materials with coloured pins. One light and one dark set of buttons each form a contrasting addition to the woven fabrics.
Like all natural materials, the buttons made from horn or wood exhibit variations in shading, gradient, inclusions, grain, colour and texture, and no two are the same. Embracing such differences within a defined tolerance is an expression of Vitra's sustainable approach to environmental resources. Material that fails to meet our quality standards is of course rejected, but it is the differences that make each button unique.
Design Year: 2005/ 2015
Made In: Germany & Switzerland
- Structural frame: wooden frame.
- Seat cushions: polyurethane foam with interactive pocket spring core, chamber cushion structure (filled with foam cubes and lozenges) and polyester fleece.
- Back cushions: polyurethane foam with polyester fleece and chamber cushions (filled with foam cubes and lozenges).
- Armrest cushion: detached bolster, freely positionable, sand-weighted, polyurethane foam filling.
- Cover: coordinated combinations of various colours and fabric types, removable.
- Buttons: made of wood or horn, colour and grain subject to natural variations.
- Ottoman: wooden frame with polyurethane foam. The fabric and colour of the Ottoman matches that of the sofa.
- Applications: recommended for domestic use only.
Designed by Hella Jongerius, 2005/2015
The Dutch designer Hella Jongerius lives and works in Berlin. She founded the Jongeriuslab studio in 1993 and began collaborating with Vitra in 2004. Since then, she has not only contributed a substantial number of designs to the continually expanding Vitra Home Collection, but has also applied her expertise in the realm of colours and materials to the Vitra Colour & Material Library.
Vitra is much more than a brand but rather a staple of design. Established in 1950 in Birsfelden, Switzerland, the brand has left its mark in design history through its transcending path. Starting as a furniture producer, it paved its way to manufacturing and ultimately becoming the powerhouse design institution we see today.