polder sofa

polder sofa

polder sofa

Design Hella Jongerius, 2005
Wooden frame, upholstery, natural buttons
Made in Germany by Vitra

With the quiet irony typical for her work, Hella Jongerius named her new sofa for Vitra, Polder. In Holland, Polder refers to the artificial land reclaimed from the sea by means of dykes and drainage canals. The body of the Polder sofa is just as low-lying, just as flat, and has just as much emphasis on the horizontal as does the Dutch landscape. For it, Hella Jongerius chose five carefully selected combinations of colors and fabric qualities, accentuating them with high-tech threads and large buttons.

This play with colours and textures underscores the asymmetry of the piece, and together with the large buttons decorating the cushions are unmistakable trademarks of the Polder Sofa. Made of natural materials like bone and mother of pearl, the buttons are sewn to the cushions with bold broad cross stitches. Through the selection of the threads, Hella Jongerius creates a contrast of colours that further enhances the distinctiveness of this design feature.

The Polder sofa is available in your choice of two sizes and four fabric combinations. You can also pick the postition of the armrest. When facing the sofa the armrest can be placed on the left or the right side.

XS: 89" L | 30.75" h | 39.25" d | seat: 16" h
XL: 115.25" L | 30.75" h | 39.25" d |seat: 16" h

XS: $10,105.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
(Quick-ship options usually ship in 5-7 business days. Please allow 8-12 weeks for all other options)

Quick-Ship Options:
- XS red (left-hand armrest)
- XL green (left-hand armrest)

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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