pyramids of makkum

It may be a little awkward to decide how to arrange your tulips in this vase …

It was made by the Royal Tichelaar Ceramics factory in the village of Makkum. Dating back to 1572, Tichelaar’s is the Netherlands’ oldest enterprise. It started out as a brick and tile factory, but in 1890 the product range was extended with ornamental pottery. The owners managed to stay in business by moving with the times and setting out new courses regularly. Recently, the company has entered into joint enterprises with modern architects and designers.

For this amusing object, Studio Job drew inspiration from 17th- and 18th-century flower pyramids which also consisted of a number of stacked elements.