Page 1

deluxe global-from-holland

New icons &

modern antiques That’s what pols potten proudly offers you. With our FW 2013 collection we wish, as always, to cherish the timeless work of craftsmanship emerged in the new energy of the 21st century. Amsterdam inspires and has reinvigorated us by re-opening a number of great museums and this year it celebrates its 400th anniversary of the historic centre. The setting of the Golden Age dinner table shows how pols potten’s contemporary luxury links back to that same heritage. The creative process is fun. It sharpens the brain. It makes us look around, see things and associate. Travelling the globe is an equally important part of this all. The best ideas arise when we get out of our comfort zone. When we eat unrecognizable food in faraway places, when we learn about the ancient techniques from craftsmen and –women and then mix these up with the latest technological developments…Yes, we like our jobs!

Our products travel even further... It’s exciting to realize that pols potten can be found all over the world. From Paris to New York, Sidney to Hong Kong, Beirut to Johannesburg. We are honoured that people around the globe enjoy the pols potten collection.

Modern Antiques Pols potten appreciates the beauty of a richly decorated table, as did those in the Golden Age. The artists of the 17th century made still life paintings to show off and perfect their techniques, to concentrate on the composition, colour, contrasts and materials. In that sense their paintings are more an expression of craftsmanship than works of art. We like to think that our designers have something in common with them. As they also try to capture the enchanting beauty of ordinary objects. Some say that the food and objects shown have a deeper meaning and that the extravagance depicted was moral criticism or Calvinism. It may very well be that these artists just loved a good dinner at a nicely set table, just like us. In April 2013 our Rijksmuseum reopened its doors, after a decade of tumultuous renovations. We had almost forgotten the quantity and quality of the art pieces which have returned to their freshly painted walls. Come to Amsterdam and see for yourself!

pp deluxe modern antiques

Hold on vase made of clear glass by hand Dimensions are Ø19xH20cm Also available in size Ø14,5xH30cm Designed by studio pp.

Painting: “Still life with Turkey pie,“ Pieter Claesz., 1627 Collection Het Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

pp deluxe modern antiques

Golden storage stool with lid Made of white porcelain finished with gold electro-conductive paint Also available in silver Dimensions are Ø42xH46cm Designed by studio pp.

Detail painting: “Still life with oysters, a rummer, a lemon and a silver bowl “ Willem Claesz Heda, 1634 Collection Het Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

pp deluxe modern antiques

Block candle holder Made of matt black powder coated aluminium Dimensions are L14xW14xH34,5cm Designed by studio pp.

Painting: “Still life with roemer, flute, earthen jug and pipes“ Jan Jansz. van de Velde, 1651 Collection Het Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

pp deluxe modern antiques

Martini table black Made of nickel plated aluminium with black enamel paint top. Dimensions are Ø50xH73cm or Ø28xH55cm Also available in brass plated aluminium with white enamel paint top Designed by studio pp.

Painting: “Still life with a golden bowl “ Pieter de Ring, 1640 Collection Het Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

pp deluxe modern antiques

Golden pineapple Made of porcelain with gold glaze Also available in matt white Dimensions Ø14,5xH32cm Designed by studio pp.

Detail painting: “Still life with cheeses” Floris Claesz. van Dijck, ca. 1615 Collection Het Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

pp deluxe storytelling

Terracotta Chi

Author Henry Miller put it nicely: “One’s travel destination is never a place, That certainly counts for us when we travel through China. The treasures This season we used the well-known 12 animal signs to create something • Firstly, these statues are the best example one can find when looking for antics and • Secondly, we have had a soft spot for terracotta, ever since we started our company • Thirdly, pols potten collection is eclectic, its DNA is a combination of many things pols potten is just like everyone else: we all carry traits from one of these Shortly said, one can be many things, just like our collection.

Symbolic animal set of 12 pieces. Made of porcelain with terracotta finish. Dimensions are L11xW9xH36cm

Rabbit 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011. Friendly, talented, conscientious. Appreciate tranquility and security, and are emotional, superficial. Avoid conflicts are afraid of becoming deeply involved in a relationship. Conservative, careful and do not like taking risks. Dog 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, Calm, intelligent, honest, generous, persistent, loyal, true to those they hold dear, good listeners, enthusiastic. Constant worriers, sharp-tongued find flaws in everything and successful people by birthright.

Dragon 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012 Intelligent, talented, loud,cocky, capricious, popular, domineering, successful. Enthusiastic, full of life seem outgoing, but are in reality very tender-hearted.

Pig 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995., 2007. Honest, reliable, devoted, tolerant, shy, affectionate, kind impulsive, have a short fuse intellectual persistent naive hunger for knowledge materialistic frustrated and can devote entire their lives to a good cause.

Ox 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949,1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009. Perfect leaders and parents. Considered honest, inspirational, carefree and conservative people.Strong individualists. Very persistent and stubborn.

Tiger 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 Sensitive, aggressive, unpredictable, charming, emotional, brave and like taking risks and leading a carefree life.

nese Zodiac but a new way of seeing things.� of this vast country never cease to inspire us. new. How did we come up with this?

icons in China. in 1986 with a truckload of Spanish pots, made of this same earthy material. and Chinese astrology is the perfect medium to explain it. 12 animal signs with as many contradictions as congruities.

Rat 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948,1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008. Imaginative, charming, very generous towards their loved ones. Aggressive, ambitious, distrustful, power-seeking and honest.

Snake 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953,1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013. Witty, passionate, determined, romantic, intense, charming, wise, vain. Physically attractive, listen to their intuition, make a lot of money and thrifty.

Monkey 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004. Intelligent, resourceful, entertaining, unpredictable, easily discouraged. extraordinary, magnetic personalities, have a large circle of friends, wellliked by everyone, opportunistic and distrusting of others.

Goat 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003. Creative, artistic, passionate, elegant, warm-hearted, charming, honest, pessimistic, shy, unorganized fragile. Easy-going, easy to complain and susceptible to stress, but good problem solvers.

Horse 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014. Hard-working, intelligent, friendly, positive, popular, impatient, overly egoistic.

Rooster 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005. Hard-working, courageous, smart, arrogant, reckless, egoistic, eccentric, hunger for knowledge, enthusiastic about their work, strong decisionmakers. Skillful in their work.

pp deluxe themes Fall|Winter 2013

metallica So many colours, shapes, forms and sizes. Porcelain, glass, wood, steel, brass, aluminium, nickel, iron, leather, polyester‌. It’s the combination that determines the look and feel.


‘n bright

blues in ora


on the


shiny white



pp deluxe storytelling


h lig



Mad mix tea light holder set of 16 pieces. Made of aluminium with copper, black, brass and nickel plating Dimensions are Ă˜9x5,5cm for small light Ă˜12xH7cm for large light Designed by studio pp

mix and or match THE SKY IS THE LIMIT! ma t ch

Mixed, matched & stacked, from India. When travelling through rural India we were charmed by the colours and shapes of the tea lights used in the local cafe’s. Back home, in the pols potten studio we started to mix, match & stack, we redesigned the forms et voilà !

sta ck

pp deluxe interaction

I am getting out of the closet

bark coat rack meets candle holder monkey

keep your candles to yourself shut up or knock on wood

design Bark Coat Rack by Jan Wolleswinkel

pp deluxe interaction getting ready for action? nah, don’t want to ruin the composition

singing bird meets you horn


tweet tweet

design You Horn by Josha Roymans

pp deluxe interaction

together we make a difference

it’s only the blue colour that works

plate fruit smile meets wolfwatering can

it’s going to be a shiny day

don’t make me work too hard...

design Wolf Watering Can by Bas van Beek

pp deluxe meet the designer

Josha Roymans pols potten can count on a growing team of independent designers and artists for its seasonal collections. But not only the rising stars or established names are invited to present their work with pols potten.

Academy. Third year students of the Ceramics and Design Lab department were asked to develop a porcelain object that fit the pols potten collection. Besides the design both production and merchandising needed to be taken into consideration to make it “We like to be in touch with the marketable. Wolleswinkel: next generation, to get to know “The students needed to comply to our practical detheir creations and ideas”, mands. This meant the prodsays creative director Jan uct had to fit into a box as well Wolleswinkel. “We can help them develop the commercial as on a pallet for transportavalue of their work.” For that tion purposes. And of course the price/quality ratio had to be reason the company started right too.” the pols potten prize, resultTwenty-five students ing in 2011 in a contest at embarked on the trip to Amsterdam’s Gerrit Rietveld

Jingdezhen, the ancient porcelain district of China. They were given only 9 days to translate their designs into a sample. The jury - consisting of Rietveld teachers and pols potten design team chose Josha Roymans’ Youhorn as the winning design. The jury especially appreciated the contrast between the sleek design of the iPhone and the rough, organic appearance of the You-horn. It can be seen as a meeting of the old and the new, with a real functionality, thereby making it a true pols potten product.

“Winning the prize was an important first step in my career. It felt like a confirmation from the ‘real world’, from outside the academy,” says Josha. He had never worked with porcelain before. “People told me I was trying to form an impossible shape. I guess it was my inexperience that gave me the courage to proceed as planned. Thanks to the experience of the local craftsmen it worked out in the end. They were very eager to help and worked very fast, making the impossible possible.

In the Netherlands I would never have been able to create my own product in such short time.” He also was pleasantly surprised by the cooperative spirit of the craftsmen. “Even those with different skills work together, and that helped as well.” Winning the pols potten prize meant an extra €1000 for Roymans, but more importantly, his You-horn has been taken into production and is still part of the pols potten collection.

Josha Roymans was helped by his background as an audio engineer. “The Youhorn is an analogue porcelain music amplifier with sculptural qualities for the iPhone. It functions as a powerless speaker, and is at the same time an aesthetically pleasing object when not in use, inspired by the shape of an elephant’s trunk.”

pp deluxe kaleidoscope

Every season the pols potten collection brings together a range of products, colours, shapes, forms and styles. It is the kaleidscopic result of creative minds working together. Many new items are designed at home in our very own pols potten studio led by Jan Wolleswinkel. After each of his extensive travels and meetings with craftsmen and manufacturers he returns to Amsterdam with a head full of ideas and a suitcase packed with materials. In cooperation

with Frans Piek – who is always on top of trends before they have even developed and is responsible for the look and feel of our stand and pols potten store – new products develop. Surely we could not do without our Dutch designers and the craftsmen from China, India, Senegal, Thailand, Indonesia, Portugal and Hungary. We find them, they find us. Joint projects develop if there’s a click and a shared sense of humour.

The pols potten studio creates cohesion between the wide range of items and so the kaleidoscope collection is born. Kaleidoscope (invented by Sir David Brewster in 1816) καλός =beautiful εἶδος = a form, shape σκοπέω = to look to, to examine 1. An optical instrument 2. A constantly changing set of colors 3. A series of changing phases or events: a kaleidoscope of illusions.

pp deluxe meet the designer

Minke van Voorthuizen (1965) Studied painting and sculpting as well as product design. Her objects perfectly fit the pols potten collection and philosophy. They have a simplicity and clarity that we recognize - maybe because of our common roots and the Dutch clay that we were all pulled from. Whatever the source, Minke keeps her products uncomplicated and elegant. Minke’s Mykiss Fish Lamp is her tribute to the wild salmon: ”Through my lamp I turn the tables; I let the fish intrude the home, as an answer to mankind invading the animal habitat.” New this season is Minke’s hidden lady lamp: “She is ultramodern as I used 3D-scantechnology for my design. She is not some ideal but could be any woman. In any case she is funny, while shedding her light softly warmly and generously.”

pp deluxe kaleidoscope

pp deluxe meet the designer

Hans van Bentem (1965) We have been working together with artist Hans van Bentem for several years now. We love his visual language and imagination, the boldness and the size of his creations. His ability to shock and charm at the same time. We share an appreciation for ceramics and the traditions in which it is manufactured.

Our teams of craftsmen in Africa and China have produced – by hand – many of Van Bentem’s wonderful crazy creations. As of this season his Big Shoe is part of the pols potten collection.

So when Van Bentem asked us to help him produce and transport his art work, we were glad to help him out. When he saw the woodwork from our craftsmen in Senegal, he was inspired to try something new. One thing lead to another. Over the years he has had plenty of prestigious projects and exhibitions, such as last year’s ‘Keep on Dreaming’ (Gemeentemuseum Den Haag). Through his work we are proudly part of these achievements.

pp deluxe kaleidoscope

pp deluxe meet the designer

Pascal Smelik (1983) Graduated cum laude from The School of Arts in Utrecht with series of candlewax based products, named ‘Kaarsrecht’. These were nominated for the Piet Bakker Award and the Talent 2009 Design Awards. Smelik explains: “I like to study the concept of deformity. To explore shapes and materials, mostly by using an unknown factor in my production methods. I take on the challenge of the experiment, including the risks and so-called mistakes that are part of this. That keeps the process intriguing and dynamic.” In the original Kaarsrechtseries, Smelik used liquid wax in cold water to first create a waxmodel leading to a gypsum mold. Together with pols potten he developed a method to produce bigger series – fit for the consumer market. Jan Wolleswinkel (pols potten’s creative director): “With our experience in production methods, international logistics and our whole network of craftsmen in the Far East, we have a lot to offer young designers.”

pp deluxe kaleidoscope

pp deluxe meet the designer

Paul Odekerken (1952) Studied art in depth, from various angles at different Academies. He has worked with other artists such as Marlene Dumas. His artistic identity took form and became more defined after a few stays abroad, including Brasil. Odekerken shortly had his own company for serial production, he quickly felt caged in: “I realized that I needed a greater degree of artistic expression.”

Working with partners like pols potten gives him his freedom.“I first create the concept. Together we decide what to do with it and how to proceed.” Odekerken: “I like structure, and I like to give my ceramics a bit of an archaeological feel.”

pp deluxe kaleidoscope

pp deluxe meet the designer

Jeroen Wesselink (1975) When asking Jeroen how he came to his Tree juices set 5 he answered with a little poem: “Back to the Forest; in silence, I borrowed some Beauty.� To him, designing means catching his dreams and molding them into new forms. When he came to see us and showed us his creation we added our experience, technical knowledge and practicality. Together we

created the perfect functional form without losing the dream. Wesselink studied at Design Academy Eindhoven (finished cum laude in 2006) and received its Melkweg award for most authentic talent.

pp deluxe travel

home is everywhere “The luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time,” says travel writer Bill Bryson. We’d like to add something to that: It’s an even greater luxury to travel in the company of good friend and photographer Aart Kooij.

By keeping the mind and eyes open one sees the most - can you spot the pols potten objects?

Photographer Aart Kooij (Amersfoort, 1961) lives and works in Asia since 2001. He published two books He’s been living and working in Asia (‘Shanghai Faces’ and for several years, without losing the 24/7 Seoul’) and exhibited in perceptive eye of a first-timer. Shanghai and in The Netherlands. Aart Kooij works as a freelance We gladly take advantage of his ex- photographer for Dutch newspapers perience and knowledge of the con- NRC Handelsblad and Trouw. tinent and his photographic vision.

pp deluxe travel

pp deluxe travel

pp deluxe travel

pp deluxe travel

pp deluxe travel

pp deluxe global







all over the place! 7


You can find pols potten on all continents, except Antartica. In shops, hotels, galleries, offices, restaurants, homes. In 80 countries and 1234 cities, towns and villages – and yes, we counted them. We are proud to be present in the metropoles of New York, Paris, Milan, London, Berlin, Moscow, Singapore, Shanghai, Bangkok, Buenos Aires... ...But it is at least as exciting to know that our products are present and liked in Aclou (F), Zottegem (B), Djibouti (DJI), Bora Bora (PF), West Knollendam (NL), Xanthi (GR), Krasnodor (RU), Cincinnati (USA), Lubumbashi (DRC) and Montevideo (UY). Sometimes we fantasize about a big trip across the globe, visiting all of our clients. We are so curious to see what our products are up to. In the meantime, if you have pols potten pieces in your quarters or if you bump into them during your travels, please send us a photo and we’ll share it on Facebook!

9 or



1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Drent en van Dijk Ruimtelijke Vormgeving, Netherlands. Hotel V Nes plein, Amsterdam. Yoo Furnishings Ltd. private home, London United Kingdom. Hotel V Nes-plein, Amsterdam. 21 Spaces Dublin Ireland, local cafetaria. Argentario Golf Resort. Doos Lindholmen, Stockholm Sweden. Inside Design CO - Inglewood, House Kintbury United Kingdom. Jules door E.S.T.I.D.A., Netherlands. Private house, California United States.

pp deluxe colophon

pols potten studio call +31 (0) 297 329 222 fax +31 (0) 297 343 314 email visit (retailers only) pols potten headoffice hornweg 77a 1432 GD aalsmeer the Netherlands pols potten store knsm laan 39 1019 LA amsterdam the netherlands copy right @ pols potten august 2013 all rights reserved

teksteditor Veronique de Weichs de Wenne desktop publishing Simone Boerlage photostyling Frans Piek art direction Jan Wolleswinkel photography Jeroen Evers






l -f r o m

l o h -


pols potten deluxe volume 1 2013