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Polder

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 for agriculture, which have been reclaimed from the sea by means of dykes and drainage canals. Created with a flat surface and horizontal emphasis that evoke the characteristic features of this type of landscape, the Polder Sofa exhibits an unusual asymmetrical shape and carefully crafted combination of colours, materials and textures.

The cushions and body of the Polder Sofa are covered with different fabrics in carefully coordinated tones. The four palettes – The Sea Greens, The Pebble Greys, The Earth Reds and The Antarctic Blues – are muted, earthy shades. Thanks to these understated compositions, Polder is perfectly suited to any interior.

To accentuate these colour combinations, the eye-catching buttons – another special Polder feature – are made of natural materials with coloured pins. One light and one dark set of buttons each form a contrasting addition to the woven fabrics. Like all natural materials, the buttons made from horn or wood exhibit variations in shading, gradient, inclusions, grain, colour and texture, and no two are the same. Embracing such differences within a defined tolerance is an expression of Vitra's sustainable approach to environmental resources. Material that fails to meet our quality standards is of course rejected, but it is the differences that make each button unique.
Polder exists in two sizes. A low armrest is integrated on one end of the Polder Sofa, while the other is bordered by an adjoining platform that can serve as a storage surface for magazines, books or trays. There is plenty of comfortable space to stretch out and relax. Polder Compact, by contrast, features a body with two armrests in different heights.

Both models can be optionally configured with the higher armrest on the left or right side, making it adaptable to different spatial situations. The platform for the Polder Sofa is available separately and can also be used as an ottoman. All covers are removable.

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Fabric mix "The Antarctic Blues"
Fabric mix "The Earth Reds"
Fabric mix "The Pebble Greys"
Fabric mix "The Sea Greens"
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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.