1616/atita japan, porcelain, Japan

The products are part of the new collection 1616 / Arita Japan, manufactured in the ancient ceramics town of Arita in southern Japan where the art of ceramics was introduced for the first time by Koreans in the 17th century. The profound experience and skills of the local craftsmen finds expression in the extraordinary sharpness, thinness and strength of these products. Due to the extreme density of the used local clay, the items are stain-resistant even without glazing. The product line comprises of plates, bowls, cups, mugs and pitchers. The project includes offering art direction and branding. The Dutch designers; Scholten & Baijings were invited to design an additional series, ‘Colour Porcelain.’ The collection was launched at the newly designed flagship store at the Palace Hotel Tokyo in May 2012.Photography by Ariko Inaoka, Kenta Hasegawa, Elizabeth heltoft.