Sunday, 28 October 2012

Beautiful Ceramics from Tichelaar Makkum

Royal Tichelaar Makkum is a very old Dutch company that makes stunning ceramics. In fact, it is apparently THE eldest Dutch company (it has been baking clay for nearly 450 years since 1572!), yet one of the most innovative as it works with some leading Dutch designers like Hella Jongerius and Roderick Vos

Porcelain Pots by Hella Jongerius

I have a bit of a soft spot for this amazing family-run company as they are based in the small town of Makkum in Friesland, the northern province of Holland where I grew up. I remember as a child I'd be in REAL trouble if I touched one of the beautiful "Makkumer" decorative plates or bowls at home (my mother is a porcelain collector) because they do not come cheap! They are still known for their traditional hand-painted earthenware but equally for their cutting-edge designs, and that is something I personally really like. Combining Old with New, creating exciting juxtapositions, producing Creativity with a capital C full stop. 

To give you some examples of Tichelaar's work, the "Minutes Tea Set" from the collage above was designed by Studio Makking & Bey and shows a gorgeous 'unfinished' hand painted design. It was this tea set that was shown at the Salone del Mobile in Milan, where the company exhibited in 2003 for the first time. The bowl is an example of the Tichelaar's traditional hand-painted earthenware. The gorgeous necklace consists of porcelain beads, called "Pearls of Makkum" designed by fashion designer Alexander Slobbe from Orson & Bodil and the colourful vases are by Hella Jongerius. 

And it's not just plates, bowls or vases that Tichelaar makes. How about some nice goodies to use and look at when we're at work? This range of desk lamps, clocks and pen trays made of wood with ceramics, are also by Tichelaar. Not quite your traditional cup of tea, is it?!? 

Lastly, I also get inspired by the interior of Tichelaar's buildings that make the perfect display background for their designs. A lovely contemporary approach that make their innovative designs stand out, and give their traditional ranges a new life!

All images by Tichelaar Makkum

What do you think? Do you like what you see? Is it a typical Dutch approach to design?? (I guess you will probably see it through different eyes than I do because I am Dutch and grew up with so many of the designs).

If you do like what you see, Tichelaar have a webshop where you can buy online, and I can assure you you will NOT be disappointed, but be prepared to use a well-funded credit card... Or if you did ever manage to visit Friesland, Makkum is the most gorgeous town and you could visit their factory outlet for some more affordable pieces! 

Lots of love,


  1. Hi Trinske It's great to find your blog. I love your point of view on Dutch Design fresh and simple!
    Aina from BYW boot camp

  2. Hi Aina, thank you for your kind words! I'm loving BYW, but am terribly behind with my homework... Will have a look at your blog too and hope you enjoy it too! Trinske x