2016/ makes contemporary porcelain using the specialist skills found
in the pottery town of Arita, Japan.
Photo: Kenta Hasegawa
Texts by Leon Povey
2016/ makes contemporary porcelain using the specialist skills found in the pottery town of Arita, Japan. Local artistry is combined with international design talent in the making of desirable, everyday porcelain products. 2016/ aims to revive interest in and bring commerce back to this remarkable craft region and its makers.
1616. Scattered fragments of pottery stone discovered by chance in the mountains of Arita in northwest Kyushu came to be transformed by human intelligence and endeavour into outstandingly beautiful porcelain which has grown to mesmerise the world in the intervening 400 years. Even whilst facing the vagaries of history and the tastes of the age, the spirit of Arita’s people in their pursuit of crafting timeless ceramics has remained unflagging and has been inherited by the current generation sustaining Arita today.
2016. A year destined to be a turning point in four centuries of Arita. 16 teams of prominent international designers have been brought together from far and wide to give creation to the new porcelain brand of 2016/.
2016/ consists of two ranges; the Edition series handled by Creative Directors Teruhiro Yanagihara and Scholten&Baijings, with 15 other teams putting together the Standard series. Coming from an array of cultural backgrounds, the designers have re-interpreted classic Arita-ware, harnessing all the craft’s techniques to usher forth a new creative standard that the world will embrace as part of everyday living.