Royal Tichelaar Makkum is the Netherlands' oldest company. It lives up to this long lineage but lets itself by no means tie down by the chains of history. Royal Tichelaar Makkum fosters a company culture marked by open minds, an inquisitive disposition, enthusiasm for research and experiment, the pursuit of perfection and the drive to deliver custom made solutions for every conceivable application of ceramics, especially in architecture. In short, Royal Tichelaar Makkum adds cultural value by making the most of history through modern design. The company has from 1640 continuously been run by the Tichelaar family. Today’s managing director Jan Tichelaar represents the 13th generation at the helm of the company. He appreciated the company’s unique aptitude for research in and production of custom made ceramics. Signing up renowned architects and designers, he turned the company around into an innovative laboratory for hand crafted top class custom products, away from making standard classical pottery exclusively.