Hella Jongerius creates limited-edition cover for Wallpaper’s May 2021 issue

Each month Wallpaper* offers a leading creative figure carte blanche to design a limited-edition cover. For our May 2021 Design Previews issue, Dutch designer and artist Hella Jongerius expanded on her Woven Windows series, a textile piece part of her new exhibition at Berlin’s Gropius Bau

Hella Jongerius Woven Windows textile from Woven Cosmos exhibition
The textile artwork Undertone View from the Woven Windows series by Hella Jongerius features on the May 2021 Limited Edition cover of Wallpaper*. The piece is part of the ‘Woven Cosmos’ solo exhibition of textile explorations by Jongerius and her team at Berlin’s Gropius Bau
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Hella Jongerius chose a textile piece from her Woven Windows series to grace her limited edition for Wallpaper’s May 2021 issue. Focusing on previewing exceptional designs, collections and projects, the issue features Jongerius’ latest body of work, a series of textile experimentations presented through an immersive and interactive exhibition at Berlin’s Gropius Bau.

The Woven Windows series is part of this ‘Woven Cosmos’ showcase, created over several months by the multidisciplinary designer and her team, who set up a studio in the museum’s spaces to work on the exhibition pieces on-site. Jongerius had been exploring textiles for a few years, and the exhibition formed an opportunity to go in-depth into the medium.

The cover artwork is titled Undertone View, and features cotton, linen, paper, viscose, wool, and recycled mixed materials from dead stock, woven on a digital loom – a tool Jongerius has been using extensively, alongside machinery she and her team created ad-hoc for their textile explorations. The pieces illustrate imaginary windows, abstract landscapes and panoramas created experimenting on the loom, a creative process Jongerius described as ‘painting with yarn’. Each window is created by playing with dimensions, patterns, colours and three dimensional yarn arrangements to create outside views. 


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‘Season Panorama’

‘Season Panorama’, another example from Hella Jongerius’ Woven Windows series. 

(Image credit: Dan Ipp)

‘During [the pandemic], I had time to weave and I thought we were all inside our house looking through our windows to the outside world, so I wanted to weave windows,’ says Jongerius. ‘I like the idea that a window is the eye of the house. The window is also a threshold: you can only pass with your eyes, your body can't go out and that's also been the case in the past year. I wanted to frame this private view everybody was having, as private life becomes more important, our view to the outside becomes more important.’

Read more about ‘Woven Cosmos’ by Hella Jongerius, and discover Wallpaper’s edit of the most exciting new design projects from our May issue – now on newsstands and available as a free PDF download.


Hella Jongerius’ cover is the latest addition to the Wallpaper* limited-edition cover series, which features a specially created artwork by a different artist, architect or designer each issue. Limited-edition covers are available to subscribers only; for more information, see wallpaper.com/subscribe

Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.