I just came across tattoo artist Paul Tillman's Irezumi dinnerware collection (available here), which seems to be inspired by Dutch delftware with traditional Japanese motifs, and am noticing a trend. Delftware, as you may know, is the blue and white pottery and tin-glazed pottery that originated around Delft in the Netherlands in the 16th to 18th centuries. The ceramics had a white glaze that was typically accented with blue floral and pastoral imagery. But these days, the latest trend is to take that signature blue and white palette and kick it up a notch by injecting it with more contemporary motifs, or in some cases, use ceramic delftware to make unusual items — like a computer.
Dutch design guru Jacob de Baan put the tradition on its head by using asymmetrical and organic shapes and centuries-old trademarks on his Pitcher ($120) for Royal Delft, a company which has been making the blue and white porcelain since 1653.
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Marcel Wanders's Delft Blue Collection for Mooi reimagines delft in all sorts of peculiar ways, like a traditional vase being blown away, a piggy bank bearing the brunt of a hammer, and those signature petals adorning a submarine.
Studio Ooms brought the art form into the bedroom with The Milkmaid ($180), their ceramic blue delft dildo.
Anthropologie's Creamer ($15) uses more sculptural pieces with stamped motifs to give delftware a contemporary edge.
And, Pure*Delft Blue from Plush Department is the first design computer (and a limited edition) with a ceramic casing handpainted in Delft, also produced by Royal Delft.