When visiting the IMM 14 in Cologne back in January, I observed how the blue and white porcelain Delft style was popping up with new designs and different context. This trend has been one of several I spotted and wrote about for the Australian Magazine The Designer Chicks. Most pictures were taken at Cologne others in today’s post are researched on the net.
You’ll find broken tiles pictures on digital prints for table tops, wallpaper or in a totally unexpected way on contemporary lamp shades. This pendant was actually one of the pieces I liked most at the IMM show:
When it comes to porcelain itself, the classic shape and functionality is rethought and designed in a different context making the object itself more of an art piece.
Seletti, design Maxime Ansiau
Studio Ditte, Styling vtwonen
Royal Delft, established in 1653, is the last remaining Delftware factory from the 17th century located in Delft (southwest of The Netherlands). The glazed earthenware is still entirely hand-painted according to centuries-old tradition.
I was talking yesterday to a ceramicists friend and she confirmed when it comes to decorating her pieces in color, the color combo still the most popular is the blue-white version. My childhood memories go back to my grandma’s porcelain and tableware in those colors too. Interesting to see how difficult it seems to change popular taste and style. Are you a Delft fan?