Royal Tichelaar Makkum in the Netherlands
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Founded in 1572, Royal Tichelaar Makkum is the Netherlands' oldest company, yet it works with some of the design world's most cutting-edge practitioners. The flagship store adjacent to the factory in Makkum was designed by Dutch architects Merkx and Girod and offers Royal Tichelaar's full range of pottery, including traditional designs from the 1800s as well as contemporary pieces by prominent Dutch designers including Hella Jorgerius, Dick van Hoff, Marcel Wanders, and Studio Job. Check the Royal Tichelaar Makkum website for café hours and factory tours. Above: Dick van Hoff's ceramic and oak Work Lamps are available at Unica Home for $1082. N.B.: This post in an update; the original story ran on May, 12 2009.