New Material Award 2009–2018 
New Material Award 2009-2018

Jennifer de Jonge


Jennifer de Jonge places research in the broadest sense of the word at the centre of her practice. Divided into three aspects – craft and new ways of working, human interaction, and awareness – de Jonge’s research dives into the quality, usability, features, performance and peculiarities of different materials.

Yana is a felt cloth measuring 4x6m. It is the outcome of de Jonge’s research into the properties of wools and felt. Including recycled Italian wool and rabbit angora, Yana is made using an ancient Turkish technique for felting rugs. It can be used as a curtain, wall, or an item of pliant furniture: an adjustable and stretchable cocoon. De Jonge took the shape of the body at rest as her starting point, intending Yana to be occupied by people in both active and passive postures. The unique properties of wool and angora felt – sound- and heat-isolating, stretchable, and anti-microbial – create a home design object that is flexible and adaptable to its user’s needs.
year: 2009
Materials: Felt, Textile, Art