The Porcelain Look

BY Dan Magazine   DATE 20/06/2016

The porcelain trend

The porcelain trend

The porcelain trend, well represented by the renowned Dutch blue and white porcelain articles of the port city of Delft, is making a comeback. This time not only decorations on porcelain but also as printed fabrics, some wearable and some for dŽcor.

Porcelain was first manufactured in China, the most well-known are the blue and white porcelain artifacts that date back to the Ming Dynasty. They were first created in the 13th century, and originally black and white. Following the introduction of the cobalt mineral from Persia allowed the industry to create the blue decorations on dishes and ornaments, favored by Chinese aristocrats and emperors. The blue color stood out against the white china, and the Blue and White׃ nickname for porcelain was born.

Porcelain and Windmills

At the end of the 16th century and into the 17th century, Holland became a dominant player in Europe. It was during this period that the Netherlands was initially introduced to the Chinese porcelain ware, imported by Dutch sea traders from China. Chinese porcelain gained considerable prestige and was popular in home decoration by the Dutch bourgeoisie.

The expensive Chinese porcelain was not affordable to the working class, therefore Dutch craftsmen, who lived in the port city of Delft, began to imitate the style of the original Chinese blue decoration. They cleverly tailored the colours to suit the local landscape and combined decorations of windmills, cows in meadows etc.

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At the end of the 18th century, the technique was adopted and upgraded by the British who named it Flow Blue׃. The most renowned client of these porcelain vessels in the U.K. at this time was no other than Queen Victoria herself.

Starting from the days of the Industrial Revolution and until today , functional porcelain and works of art are commercially produced with the typical Delft decorations. The unique and distinctive ׂblue & white׃ style still remains popular, unlike other trends that tend to come and go in the field of design׃ explains Adi Danon, one of the owners of Paldinox, houseware and gift importers.

Modern Style Nostalgia

From far away China and the colonial era Delft ventured beyond the porcelain ׂarena׃ and, in recent years, their prints along with ׂFlow Blue׃ can be found in decorations on home textiles, furniture and even on fashion items. The װNegevױ company notes that the Delft motif also appears on sanitary ware such as toilets and sinks. ׂTiles and plumbing fixtures are also decorated with Delft decor.

Modern tiles also carry the colorful aesthetics of the original Delft tiles in a contemporary interpretation׃. Sarit Kiryati Goldstein from Goldstein Wallpaper Gallery adds, ׂDecorative porcelain that was once considered a status symbol and part of a luxurious lifestyle, now has an initial launch in the Pip wallpaper collection. The Dutch studio combines contemporary pop-art print styles in order to portray nostalgic memories in an updated, modern dimension׃.

Even in the premium Dutch ׂRoyal׃ collection, the brand owner and designer, Anneke van der Sandt chose to incorporate her memories from her grandmotherױs house in the porcelain design. Old items collected from her grandmotherױs attic provided inspiration for the design of the collection.


Porcelain and Fashion

Six years ago, the controversial John Galliano presented in the ׂDior׃ fashion house his blue flower prints on white dresses. During the Miss Universe competition about 3 years ago in the traditional costume category, Chinese fashion designer, Guo Pei presented an impressive and very elegant evening gown devoted entirely to Chinese ׂblue and white׃ porcelain designs which characterized the Ming Dynasty.

In last yearױs collections, American designer Monique Beaulieu repeated the motif, and drew her inspiration from ancient Chinese paintings. Italian designer Roberto Cavalli combined in a selection of his classic white designs, curly prints that reflect the traditional 13th century porcelain print.

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

This season, renowned designers Dolce & Gabbana went all the way in their winter 2016 accessories collection. A range of bags, shoes, smartphone covers and key chains all decorated and designed in delightful Delft prints. Even fashion designer Adi Bakshiױs collection ׂPorcelain Dreams׃ was developed from her exposure to textured fabrics decorated with delicate flowers that reminded her of Chinese porcelain.

Bakshi (27) a graduate of the ׂShenkar׃ Design Department says, ׂMy encounter with a piece of fabric, captured my imagination at first sight, thus creating the inspiration for my first scarf collection. I continued to explore the stories of porcelain and discovered a whole world that inspired a classic, delicate and precise collection of scarves characterized by fine sketches and rich with flowers.


Photos: Liubonchich Goron,
Maya Shalom, Alon Ganon, Adi Kraus


Written by  Dan Magazine