bovist floor cushion

bovist floor cushion

Design Hella Jongerius, 2005
Fabric cover (70% viscous, 30% linen), polystyrene beads
Made in Germany by Vitra

Bovist is a decorative floor cushion, stool, and ottoman all in one. Its compact, round shape is reminiscent of a puffball (Bovist in German). It offers a high degree of seating comfort and stability with a filling of small plastic balls. Large sections of embroidery give the cover, which consists of different colored fabrics, a particular charm and there is a knitted thread handle for moving Bovist to different places in the home.

Hella Jongerius developed several motifs that are full of innuendo and ironic allusions. The first motif, called Lacemaker, shows the head of a girl engrossed in embroidery and is borrowed from a painting by the Dutch master Vermeer van Delft. The portrait is surrounded by a freely formed, looped pattern. The second motif, Pottery, consists of an arrangement of ancient-looking pitchers with little embroidered hearts rising up between them like bubbles. Jongerious uses various stitching styles and different coloured threads for the embroidery, which is realized with the aid of a computer-controlled machine. It gives the images additional charm.

Lacemaker colors: burgundy, beige & blue
Pottery colors: dark grey, light blue & blue
Dove colors: brown, green & blue

21.25" dia. | 15" h

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Hella Jongerius

Hella Jongerius (1963) started her own Jongeriuslab in Rotterdam, after graduating from, and later teaching at Eindhoven’s Industrial Design Academy. Some early work for Droog Design of the Netherlands attracted much attention and acclaim. Now, Jongeriuslab creates and markets dishware, textiles, and furnishings, as well as maintains clients such as Maharam (New York), Royal Tichelaar Makkum (The Netherlands), Vitra (Basel), and IKEA (Sweden). The work of Hella Jongerius is known for an interplay of technology and handicraft. Stitching and embroidery is displayed alongside modern wood and metalwork.
Vitra is a Swiss company dedicated to improving the quality of homes, offices and public spaces through the power of design. Following in the tradition of Charles & Ray Eames, who have influenced Vitra’s approach to sustainability in many ways, product longevity is central to the company’s contribution to sustainable development; short-lived styling is avoided at all costs. This can be seen most clearly in the classical pieces of furniture that have been used for decades, had several owners and have then even ended up as a part of a collection.
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