Romy Kühne designs beautiful products for Heinen Delfts Blauw. She gets her inspiration from old craft techniques, architectural structures and with a love for special materials and the making process. Her Blauw Fold collection was created by looking at the origin of Delft blue pottery. The ceramic relationship between China and the Netherlands has existed for four hundred years and this connection forms the basis of the collection. For example, she has used the Oriental art of folding origami to make paper moulds, which can be seen as folds in the porcelain. Romy Kühne studied Art & Design at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem. After graduating in 2009, she established herself as an independent designer.
The work of Romy Kühne is characterized by geometric shapes and an eye for craftsmanship. “At a time when mass production and 'fast' techniques predominate in design, I want the craft to be preserved. That is why I combine traditional and modern techniques. The Blue Fold collection is an example of this. My wish was that the collection would be predominantly white, with Delft blue details. A clean design, appropriate for this time. The decoration is concentrated on one side and, as it were, enters into a relationship with the folded part. The twigs are the Delft blue variant of the Japanese cherry blossom decoration.”
The collection has been a great success since its launch, which is why the original service has been expanded with nice serving dishes, cups and petit four plates. All items are designed from flat, folded paper patterns that are then cast in plaster and finally turned into porcelain. The technology involved in this turned out to pose major challenges, but together with the technicians from Heinen Delfts Blauw, Romy came up with a good, feasible design. The result is a collection full of character, with a modern look and a meaningful reference to the past.