The distinctive design of the comfortable Polder Sofa by Hella Jongerius derives from its asymmetrical shape, varied combinations of fabrics and colours, and carefully chosen details.
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, that 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 Polder Compact, by contrast, features a body with two armrests in different heights, which demarcate the smaller dimensions 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. 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 removal of the upholstery covers for cleaning, thanks to a simple fastening device.
- Structural frame: wooden frame.
- Seat cushions: polyurethane foam with interactive pocket spring core, chamber cushions and polyester fleece.
- Back cushions: polyurethane foam with polyester fleece and chamber cushions.
- Armrest cushion: detached bolster, freely positionable, sand-weighted.
- Cover: coordinated combinations of various colors and fabric types, removable.
- Ottoman: wooden frame with polyurethane foam.
- Height: 82 cm / 32.25 Inch
- Seat Height: 35 cm / 13.75 Inch
- Depth: 97 cm / 38.25 Inch
- Width: 260 cm / 102.25 Inch
Vitra is a Swiss company dedicated to improving the quality of homes, offices and public spaces through the power of design. Their products and concepts are developed in an intensive design process, bringing together engineering excellence with the creative genius of today’s leading international designers. It is Vitra’s goal to create furniture and accessories that are functional and inspiring. Founded in 1950, Vitra produces many products from internationally recognized designers such as Verner Panton, Isamu Noguchi, Eero Saarinen and Jasper Morrison.
Vitra Polder Sofa Designed by:
- Hella Jongerius , 2005 / 2015
After graduating from Eindhoven Design Academy in 1993, Hella started her own design company, Jongeriuslab in 2000. She has become known for the special way she fuses industry and craft, high and low tech, traditional and contemporary. Hella Jongerius produces her own projects and projects for clients such as Maharam, KLM, and IKEA. Hella Jongerius has also made major contributions to the steadily growing Vitra Home Collection, including the Polder Sofa.
Her work has been shown at museums and galleries such as the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, MoMA in New York and the London Design Museum.