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2016/ Arita Porcelain, Exhibition @KCUA, Kyoto

Exhibition in collaboration with Institut Français du Japon – Kansai for Nuit Blanche Kyoto 2016, featuring the “2016/” project directed by Teruhiro Yanagihara and Scholten & Baijings.

Photographer: Yuna Yagi

Nuit Blanche Kyoto 2016

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2016/ An Installation between Past and Future, Exhibition DESIGNEAST07, Osaka

17sat – 19mon September 2016

DESIGNEAST07 at Creative Center OSAKA

Directed by Teruhiro Yanagihara

Photographer: Yoshiro Masuda

DESIGNEAST07

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2016/ project, Exhibition “Arita Porcelain Today”, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

April 22 2016 – October 16 2016
Rijksmuseum Asian Pavilion

Directed by Scholten & Baijings.

Photographer: Olivier Middendorp

Arita Porcelain Today

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2016/ , Milan Design Week, Exhibition 2016/ , Brera Site, Milan

April 13 2016 – April 17 2016
Brera Site, Milan

Directed by Teruhiro Yanagihara and Scholten & Baijings.

Photographer: Takumi Ota

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2016/, Editions Series Teruhiro Yanagihara, porcelain, Japan

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Photographer: Takumi Ota

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2016/, porcelain, Japan

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.

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Photographer: Yasunori Shimomura

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2016/, Brand & Product Development in Arita Japan

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.

Photographer:Kenta Hasegawa

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2016/ project, Installation, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Tokyo

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.

Photographer:Kenta Hasegawa