Stapel Blauw (Blue Stack) is a Delft blue art object created by Richard Hutten for Heinen Delfts Blauw. It stands out because of its size (1.5 meter high) and bold design. It is constructed out of six separate objects that can also be purchased individually.
Hutten: “Heinen Delft Blue asked me to use the theme ‘farm’. As a boy I used to visit the dairy farms of my uncles. This gave me the idea to style a 65 cm high milk can as the basis for Stapel Blauw. I chose a large picture of a tulip from the Rijksmuseum collection.”
“On top is a stylized milk sieve, followed by a modern cylindrical shaped object with ceramic udders that appear when you lift up the object. There is also a dark blue, abstract field flower. When you lift the flower, it looks as if the paint drips from underneath it. Above the field flower thee is a modern-day variation of the 17th-century tulip vase. The decoration is very traditional. And then there is the ball shape, with lines of different shades of Delft blue. It is an ode to the designer Andries Copier. He was the one who invented the ball as the ultimate shape for a vase. This design reappears in the new series of ball vases by Heinen Delft Blue.”
“The best assignments are the ones I have never done before. It gives me a chance to do research and play with ideas. It was a real struggle to create this design. It was a fight between creating an interesting and logical image, technical possibilities, enough stability and unity versus diversity.”