"Pyramids of Makkum"
Designers: Studio Makkink & Bey, Hella Jongerius, Alexander van Slobbe, Studio Job
Client: Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum
Materials: earthenware, hand-painting
Technique: faience, hand-painting
Dimensions: 1600 x 500 x 500 mm
The company’s complex restoration of a seventeenth-century flower pyramid, one of the most prized pieces in the Rijksmuseum, prompted it to assign the 2008 project Pyramids of Makkum to four designers with whom the company felt it had a very close relationship.
Hella Jongerius, Studio Makkink & Bey, Studio Job and Alexander van Slobbe were asked to come up with a contemporary response to the flower tower. They had to keep to the idea of an ‘ornamental vase’ and stay within the dimensions of the original flower tower. The designers were at liberty to include any aspect of the historical context or tower they so desired.