Hella Jongerius, 2005/2015


In the home country of Dutch designer Hella Jongerius, the word 'polder' refers to low-lying flatlands, typically subdivided into fields serving various agricultural purposes, which have been reclaimed from the sea by means of dykes and drainage canals. With their flat surfaces, low-slung body and horizontal emphasis, both Polder sofas evoke the characteristic features of the polder landscape.

The large seat cushions of the Polder Sofa and Polder Compact form an extremely comfortable, asymmetrical seating surface that is flanked on both sides by the upholstered body. The shape of the body is what distinguishes the two sofas: a low armrest is integrated on one end of the Polder Sofa, while the other is bordered by an adjoining platform that also serves as a storage surface for magazines, books or trays. The Polder Sofa thus offers plenty of space to stretch out and relax, whether sitting or lying down. The seat surface of Polder Compact, by contrast, is framed by two armrests in different heights, which reduces the overall width of the sofa. The higher armrest also makes it possible to sit comfortably in a sideways position – either for reading or watching television.

With their distinctively asymmetrical structure, both Polder sofas can be optionally configured with the higher armrest on the left or right side, making them adaptable to different spatial settings. Since the platform for the Polder Sofa is separately available, it can also be used as an ottoman.

Polder Sofa - a playful composition of materials and colours

The upholstered cushions and body of the sofas are covered with fabrics in carefully coordinated hues and weaves: shades of green, red, golden yellow or night blue. In place of standard upholstery fabrics, textiles developed exclusively for Vitra by Hella Jongerius are used as cover materials – thereby intensifying the subtle interplay of colours and textures that typifies the design.

The buttons of the Polder sofas, designed by Jongerius in a collage of coloured plastic, aluminium and leather, are an especially striking detail. They not only provide an attractive contrast to the soft woven fabrics, but also facilitate the easy removal of the upholstery covers for cleaning, thanks to a simple fastening device.

Fabric mix green (6)
  •  62 Aura - emerald
    62 Aura - emerald
  •  09 Aura - green
    09 Aura - green
  •  13 Dumet - green melange
    13 Dumet - green melange
  •  09 Maize - fern/brandy
    09 Maize - fern/brandy
  •  06 Volo - summer grass
    06 Volo - summer grass
  •  04 Canvas - green melange
    04 Canvas - green melange
Fabric mix golden yellow (6)
  •  32 Aura - chartreuse
    32 Aura - chartreuse
  •  11 Dumet - yellow melange
    11 Dumet - yellow melange
  •  06 Maize - canary/ochre
    06 Maize - canary/ochre
  •  05 Volo - canola
    05 Volo - canola
  •  11 Remix - curry melange
    11 Remix - curry melange
  •  06 Aura - canary
    06 Aura - canary
Fabric mix night blue (6)
  •  57 Aura - dark blue
    57 Aura - dark blue
  •  08 Credo - dark blue/ black
    08 Credo - dark blue/ black
  •  04 Twill - ink blue
    04 Twill - ink blue
  •  11 Volo - night blue
    11 Volo - night blue
  •  12 Remix - dark blue melange
    12 Remix - dark blue melange
  •  16 Maize - night blue/black
    16 Maize - night blue/black
Fabric mix red (6)
  •  15 Aura - cherry
    15 Aura - cherry
  •  16 Aura - flame red
    16 Aura - flame red
  •  12 Brink - bordeaux/red
    12 Brink - bordeaux/red
  •  11 Maize - poppy red/brandy
    11 Maize - poppy red/brandy
  •  77 Volo - brick
    77 Volo - brick
  •  10 Remix - red melange
    10 Remix - red melange
Material description
  • Structural frame: wooden frame.
  • Seat cushions: polyurethane foam with interactive pocket spring core, chamber cushions (filled with foam cubes and feathers) and polyester fleece.
  • Back cushions: polyurethane foam with polyester fleece and chamber cushions (filled with foam cubes and feathers).
  • Armrest cushion: detached bolster, freely positionable, sand-weighted, polyurethane foam filling.
  • Cover: coordinated combinations of various colours and fabric types, removable.
  • Ottoman: wooden frame with polyurethane foam. The fabric and colour of the Ottoman matches that of the sofa.
  • Applications: recommended for domestic use only.
This product was designed by
Hella Jongerius
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.
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