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Sunday, March 26, 2006

d*s mini trends! [delft blue]

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i'm often drawn to colors in a magnetic way- a deep cherry red, a great mustardy yellow and most recently, warm, rich grays. but over the past month or so i've noticed that delft blue, a beautiful color that has its origins in 17th century holland, popping up all over the place. delft blue (sometimes called danish or dutch blue) was created by calcinating cobalt ore with quartz sand and potash- an extremely expensive process for artisans of the time. using paint grinding windmills, dutch artists would create the paint to decorate various porcelain vessels used for tableware. the city of delft had a high concentration of factories specializing in this process; during the 17th century they produced tiles and tableware with this unique blue color that was most often used to depict religious and floral motifs (often in a style similar to toile). [photo above, clockwise from top left: roses are blue dinnerware by rosanna inc. $30-$40, tablestories plate by tord boontje $312 for two 5-piece settings, cup by hella jongerius $360 at moss, delft candleholder by hella jongerius $580]

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today delft blue is popping up in tableware (where it's always been popular), fabric, home accessories and art. contemporary dutch artists like hella jongerius (one of my personal favorites) are revisting the traditional artform, as are designers like rosanna bowles (whose blue dinnerware is a wonderful way of updating the color for the modern table). while the shade and hue may vary slightly from the original color, the influence of delft blue can be seen in a number of home designs this season. whether it's a bold blue pillow or elegant modern ceramics, everyone can afford to bring a little bit of delft into their house. check out these options above and below for some fun ways to bring holland's favorite blue to your home. [photo above clockwise left to right: modern delft paintings by douglas walker, paper napkins at sprout home $3.95 for 20, midsummer light by tord boontje $75, salad plate at sprout $15.50]


[photo above, clockwise from left to right: leaves decals from blik $36, urban tableware by stella in israel]


[photo above, clockwise from left to right: antique lace dinnerware by rosanna inc. $20-$40, not neutral pillow at 2modern $48, delft bowl by hella jongerius $550 and new 2006 fabric by teresa moorhouse for marimekko]


Anonymous Anonymous said...

before delft blue, it was ming blue...from china

9:06 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

true, but it was adapted differently by the dutch- the colors are actually different, though of a similar hue.


9:43 AM  
Anonymous Kathleen said...

I love the idea of the blik decals. Do you know, is there any material available that is removable/reusable (live in an apt) that I could make my own patterns out of?

8:36 AM  
Blogger Di Overton said...

Blick do removeable decals now. They don't have them on their website though. I am ordering them for my website this month.wherdidyoubuythat.com

11:44 AM  
Anonymous susan said...

Oooh, I just saw this post about delft.

For years I have been collecting delft plates etc. I am partial to Asian designs. I will buy random blue and white plates and now I have a set of plates etc mismatched in pattern, but matched in color. It's a cheap, fun way to get a great set of dinnerware, and it's fun to see all your faves every time you serve a meal.

Thanks for the post! Delft for All!

6:57 AM  
Anonymous Mirdreams said...

Do a search for vinyl static clings and you'll find a lot of sites that can sell you either just the vinyl or do more exotic stuff. I think it's used mainly for cars but would work great on a big mirror or window.

10:07 AM  

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