During our annual pilgrimage to Art Basel, we had the pleasure of visiting Royal Tichelaar’s factory in Makkum, The Netherlands. Royal Tichelaar is second to none in the field of ceramics.
For the past several years Royal Tichelaar has invited and encouraged architects and designers to interact with their highly experienced group with 450 years of knowledge around production of ceramics. They are working directly with architects to create materials that clad buildings.
The oldest company in The Netherlands (established 1572), Royal Tichelaar’s expertise ranges from the 17th Century technique of faience, or Delft earthenware, to endless glazing options, and even 3D printing.
A 3D printed ceramic sample. Despite the new technology being used, Royal Tichelaar does not compromise in its results — beautiful ceramic products with texture and movement, glazed to perfection.
During our tour we had the privilege of seeing artisans working on objects, paying enormous attention to detail. Royal Tichelaar is an original maker of the famous tulip towers that were created centuries ago for the display of the famed dutch tulip.
Back in 2008 they challenged a group of 5 designers to create modern day tulip towers. Studio Job created one that we now have here in our Studio.
Touring the factory, we saw endless glazing options available.
One of the most impressive things we saw while at Royal Tichelaar were the 3D ceramic cladding tiles for the extension of the Museum de Fundatie located in Zwolle, The Netherlands.
The remarkable extension of the museum began in 2011 and was completed in 2013. Bierman Henket Architects were tasked with designing an extension of the former courthouse to offer an exhibition space for the museum.
Architect Hubert-Jan Henket designed the 3D ellipsoid also known as “The Eye.” Together with Royal Tichelaar Henket designed ceramic skin that was be produced and installed by Royal Tichelaar that would blend into the sky.
The ceramic skin is made of various wedge shaped tiles in a white glazing with blue accents to blend in with the sky. The tiles were made in two sizes and randomly positioned so the light and sky could be randomly reflected. Over 50,000 tiles were produced and used!
We were honored to be Royal Tichelaar’s guests and tour their incredible and historical factory. We are delighted to include a tulip tower by Studio Job in our collection and look forward to Royal Tichelaar’s forthcoming projects and designs!