Material research primarily determines all of Hella Jongeriusâ€™ designs. Her extensive portfolio includes single pieces exhibited at galleries, mass-produced items sold at retail stores, design of airliner interiors and even the redesign of the North Delegatesâ€™ Lounge at UN Headquarters in New York. Jongerius was just beginning her career when she was approached by Maharam to work on a project for its 100th anniversary. Today, she works as Maharamâ€™s design director, and many of her textiles are found in the permanent collections at the Art Institute Chicago, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and MoMA. Jongerius has a very clear idea of what makes a successful rug: â€œThere are three components that have to make music together: interesting yarns, great construction and the right technique to give the pattern dazzling oxygen.â€ Starting life as a color test swatch for another one of her rugs, Jongeriusâ€™ Multitone Rug (2014) demonstrates her genius eye for color. When asked why her colors look so beautiful together, she replies, â€œThatâ€™s the secret of the color-cooking chef.â€ Multitoneâ€™s rich texture comes from its flat handwoven basket construction â€“ what she calls â€œthe archetype of weaving.â€ Made in India. Multi Hella Jongerius: Maharam Multitone Rug.