At the Milan Furniture Fair this year Vitra revamped classics with colours developed by Hella Jongerius for the new and vibrant Vitra Colour and Surface Library. Chairs, tables and accessories by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson and Jean Prouvé are given a new freshness without forgetting their roots. Trained at art school and not in design, Dutch designer Hella Jongerius understands the significance of colours and surfaces in contemporary design and in her work – across textiles, ceramics and furniture. Here she demonstrates that colours and colour combinations can have surprising results.

In the accompanying interview, Hella discusses her approach to design, the meaning of the term 'misfit' in her work, which is also the name of her latest book by Phaidon, and her move to the city of Berlin. During the launch of Vitra's new pieces in Milan, Domus magazine also interviewed Jean Prouvé's daughter, Catherine Prouvé, about her father's own view on colour, and the 14 year quest by the Prouvé family to collate the thousands of drawings, pictures and models that were recently donated to the Centre Pompidou collection in Paris.

 

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