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bovist floor cushion

by Hella Jongerius, from Vitra.

bovist floor cushion

Design Hella Jongerius, 2005
Fabric cover, synthetic 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.

The tailored fabric upholstery covers (87% new wool, 7% cotton, 6% polyamide) are offered in your choice of four color options.

21.25" dia. | 15" h

$1,200.00 + free shipping
(Usually ships in 12-14 weeks)
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Hella Jongerius

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 space through the power of design. A central goal of Vitra is sustainable development. Trendy styling is avoided in favor of classic pieces that can be used for decades.


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