There are certain designers I could talk about in the sort of detail that would win an Olympic medal (and quite frankly I really stretch the patience of family and close friends wittering on about them!) Usually because they sort of rose to 'fame' or at least financial prestige and media reputation during the few years I worked at London's Design Museum. Which means I was in the almost unbelievably fortunate to position to get paid for things like reading Elle Deco and talking to amazing designers (remind me - why did I leave? anyway...) so I had more time to study that particular group of people than I do these days.
One such designer was Hella Jongerius. Such a varied designer who really teeters on that line between the unique handmade and design for manufacture; between feminine curls and lines in embroidery (on vases - genius!) to big square masculine furniture. She holds that balance with perfect class on both sides.
So imagine my delight when I found out a book of her work is being launched. A hardback came out in Autumn so I'm assuming the new launch is either a paperback, or a higher print run following a limited edition release maybe?
I know it won't exactly be pocket money priced, but if you have a birthday coming up or deserve a treat (or can count it as a business expense - even better) then Hella Jongerius: Misfit will be out in February, priced around £29.95.
Image: Hella Jongerius, 300 Unique Vases