1616 / arita japan
Launched in 2012, 1616 / arita japan is a Japanese ceramics brand best known for its tableware designs that combine Asian handicraft traditions with influences from European culture. The brand name 1616 / arita japan might seem curious at first, so let us tell you the story behind it: the first part, 1616, refers to the year when Koreans first brought the art of pottery to Japan. Arita, in turn, is a town on Kyushu Island in southern Japan, where the Korean ceramists landed and where they introduced making pottery to the Japanese. So, in a nutshell, the name refers not only to the brand’s own origins but the origins of Japanese ceramics in general!
1616 / arita japan’s tableware and other ceramic objects are manufactured at the very same factories as the original Arita pottery, also known as Aritayaki, but their designs are rooted in contemporary needs and aesthetics. The collections have been created in collaboration with renowned international designers like Cecilie Manz and the design duo Scholten & Baijings, forming a fascinating blend of Asian artisanship and a European-style design idiom – a beautiful new interpretation of Japanese traditions.