April 13 2016 – April 17 2016
Brera Site, Milan
Directed by Teruhiro Yanagihara and Scholten & Baijings.
Photographer: Takumi Ota
This simple tableware series with its stackable function aspires to become a global standard for everyday dining use. Teruhiro Yanagihara suggested a design concept based on the notion of perfection and imperfection co-existing within beauty, taking his inspiration from the phenomena that invariably occur during the glazing stage of the porcelain manufacturing process. So, based on the belief common in Japan since ancient times that true beauty lies in imperfection, Yanagihara positively embraced any uneven or mottled glazing that would have previously been deemed as defective in Arita, giving this tableware collection its distinctive and beguiling appearance.
Photographer: Yasunori Shimomura
Foreign Strategic Branding Project for Arita-Porcelain 2016/.This project came about as the next development following the branding project entitled 1616/arita japan for the cradle of Japanese ceramics in Arita, Saga Prefecture. ‘Arita’ is not simply a brand-name but rather the name of a famous town and region renowned for its ceramic production that provides the livelihoods for over 200 potteries and trading companies based there. Among those, 16 local companies in collaboration with 16 designers are developing a new series; 2016/ to be premiered during Milan Design Week in 2016. This project is not only the sole realm of the Arita region alone but aims to be a truly global project that is being undertaken with the valued cooperation of The Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands. Yanagihara is acting as Creative Director and Designer in conjunction with Scholten & Baijings of The Netherlands. Other prominent designers involved include: Ingegerd Råman (Sweden), Stefan Diez (Germany) and Wieki Somers (The Netherlands). In all, 16 eminent designers are participating and having already paid trips to Arita to speak with the local craftsmen the creative process is well underway.
Although the potteries and trading companies of Arita form the core nucleus of the 2016/Arita Porcelain project, in order to truly have an impact on the traditional industries of Japan, substantial support has been forthcoming from the cooperative agreement formed between Saga Prefecture and The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The signing ceremony for this collaboration was held at The Dutch Embassy in Tokyo. Both old and new examples of Arita-ware were exhibited in a space featuring contemporary Dutch design.