1616 / Arita Japan

Photo: Inga Powilleit

Aritayaki, a kind of Japanese pottery, finds its roots in the ancient ceramics town of Arita located on Kyushu Island in southern Japan. It was in this town, in the year 1616, that the Koreans first introduced the art of pottery to Japan. Up to today Arita still produces ceramics made by local craftsmen using the distinctive ingredient of clay made from crushed stone. Inspired by the profound experience and skills of local Arita craftsmen, designer and creative director Teruhiro Yanagihara developed a complete new ceramics brand for Momota–Touen Corporation. Named after its origins, 1616 / Arita Japan products are produced in the same factories as the original Arita pottery but take a complete different design approach. 1616 / Arita Japan stands for contemporary products that can be used everyday, though made with the extraordinary workmanship, thinness and strength of original Arita ware.

Teruhiro Yanagihara, the creative director of 1616 / Arita Japan, designed the Standard series and at the same time invited Dutch designers Scholten & Baijings to develop their own line named Colour Porcelain. Both contributions throw new light on Japanese tradition, mixing Asian craftsmanship with European culture. While Teruhiro Yanagihara experiments with the clay and the usage of the pottery, Scholten & Baijings emphasize the dialogue between applied art and everyday use by means of colour and form.

Designer profiles

Teruhiro Yanagihara

Teruhiro Yanagihara was born in 1976 in Kagawa Japan. After graduating from Osaka University of Art in 1999, he started to work independently and established his own company in Osaka in 2002, since 2011 based in Kyoto.
He has been working in various fields, from interior and product design to creative direction and branding for Japanese and international clients, such as Offecct (Sw), Pallucco (It), Sergio Rossi (It), Less Is More/ LIM Group (Jp), Kimura Glass (Jp), and many others.
In 2011, TeruhiroYanagihara initiated the scheme TERUHIRO YANAGIHARA/bespoke, a label for exclusive, bespoke projects, created with the finest japanese artisans and manufacturers, that targets international collectors and galleries.
He was nominated Elle Decor Young Talent of the Year 2010. He is founding member of the yearly symposium Designeast and the creative director of the KARIMOKU NEW STANDARD brand.
http://teruhiroyanagihara.jp

Scholten & Baijings

Stefan Scholten (1972) and Carole Baijings (1973) established Scholten & Baijings, Studio for Design, in 2000. They combine minimal forms and balanced use of colour with traditional craft techniques and industrial production in a distinctive, almost un-Dutch design style.
They work for companies and institutions such as the Zuiderzee Museum, Audax Textile Museum, RoyalVKB, Established & Sons, HAY, Thomas Eyck, Pastoe and many more.
Their work has been purchased by several museums and private collectors and is sold worldwide. They recently received their second Dutch Design Award, won a Wallpaper Design Award and were rewarded with the ELLE Decoration International Design Award for Young Designer Talent 2011.
http://www.scholtenbaijings.com