“Holland is a great. inspiring country to design in,” according to lighting designer Jacco Maris, who is featured in Hospitality Design magazine.
Open, free-minded people who are not afraid to give their honest opinion make sure the quality stays high, and every inch of Holland has been designed to fit both the functionality of beauty and space limitations. Also, our history of great artists and architects has given us a rcsponsibility to create new icons; it’s in our DNA, so to speak.
Read the full article in this Hospitality Design magazine Products Profile that was written by Ashleigh VanHouten.
A bit more about Jacco:
Dutch designer Jacco Maris has collaborated with artists Frank De Wit and Ben Quaedvl to create a Delft version of his stainless steel Montone chandelier. The artists hand paint traditional Delft patterns on the strips of metal which have been powdercoated in white. The entire light is created by hand in the Jacco Maris studio located in Breda, the Netherlands. The Montone chandelier is available in oval, round and triangular shapes. It is the triangular shape that inspired the name Montone, which is Italian for ram.
While experimenting with the finishes on the metal strips, the idea of painting came to Maris. “With a white powdercoating the strips start to resemble ceramic. Everyone here in the Netherlands remembers their very first sip of coffee from our grandmother’s Delftware cup, it is ingrained as one of our earliest childhood memories. We wanted to create the paradox of an entirely modern fixture, painted with a poignant design, one which we all carry around in our hearts.” In addition to stainless steel and hand painted Delft blue the LED fixture comes in high gloss stainless steel, high gloss black, white, and brass.
Larry Lazin, President of Global Lighting which distributes Jacco Maris lighting in North America appreciates the duality of the Delft version. “Adding a historical context to a contemporary fixture creates an unabashedly romantic story. Just as Delft became a rage in the 17th century it is now experiencing a tremendous revival in fashion, textiles and design. By looking to his culture for inspiration Maris is continuing to create new works that are rooted in the rich traditions of the past.”