Guest designers

Delft Blue meets Dutch Design

The Blue D1653 products are designed by the (Dutch) guild masters of the 21st century; modern, known Dutch Designers. They invent and develop new products, taking their inspiration from the Royal Delft master painters. These painters paint the refined guild artwork of the earthenware and have learned through tradition and strict selection. The cooperation between the Designers and Royal Delft master painters results in products which have a distinct character; Delft Blue meets Dutch Design.

Jacob de Baan

Designer & art director

Jacob de Baan studied at the TU Delft and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. After his study he worked for frog design and in 1995 he started his own studio. Amongst others he has worked as an art director and designer for Van Gogh Museum, Philips and Swarovski. Jacob de Baan lives and works in Amsterdam and Istanbul. The New Delft collection and the liquor set for Royal Delft were designed by Jacob de Baan in collaboration with Margit Seland and Marjet Wessels Boer.

Arian Brekveld


Arian Brekveld graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven, The Netherlands in 1995, Purchasers of his designs include the MOMA in New York and they were recently printed in the book 'Designers in Nederland'. His modest view creates timeless product designs.

Chris Koens


Chris Koens is trained as an industrial designer at 'The Design Academy' in Eindhoven. Owner of Studio Chris Koens since 1996. Besides his designs for the label Blue D1653 he also has designed products for Royal Leerdam Crystal and Royal VKB (both member of the Royal Delft Group).

Ramón Middelkoop


Ramón Middelkoop was trained as an industrial designer at the Design Academy in Eindhoven. He gives form to objects, products, furniture and interiors. One of his most famous designs is MY PAPER BAG. Ramón also teaches at the Design Academy and the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. Ramón Middelkoop designed Proud Mary together with Chris Koens for Royal Delft.

Damian O'Sullivan


Damian O'Sullivan was born in England in 1969 of Franco-Irish parents, and grew up in the Netherlands. He studied industrial design at the Royal College of Art in London. A year later he was asked to join Philips Design in Eindhoven. Four years later he set up his own design office: Damian O'Sullivan Design in Rotterdam.

Nicole van Schouwenburg

Brand- & interior designer

After graduating from the Royal Academy of Art as a graphic designer in 1984, Nicole van Schouwenburg started her on design agency. For a wedding she applied calligraphy to dinner plates in a Delft Blue style. This was the inspiration for a product. Royal Delft immediately welcomed the idea of the Discus! collection. Currently this Dutch Designer is working in hotel branding on the Turks & Caicos Islands.