This piece originally appeared on Wallpaper.com.
Japan's deteriorating porcelain traditions are being given a new lease of life. This renaissance is the result of 2016/ – an ever-so-slightly confusingly named new brand – dragging the ceramic craftsmanship of the western town of Arita into the contemporary design world. Developed over the past two years, the project is a creative collaboration between Scholten & Baijings and Teruhiro Yanagihara. Over the period, the team appointed 16 international designers to work with ten different potteries, producing a plethora of exceptional ceramics that went on show at this year's Salone del Mobile.
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The exhibition truly connected the past to the present and – via The Netherlands and Japan – the West to the East (the two countries maintain an on-going relationship that sprung from a history in trading). To this day, the northern European state has acted as a platform for age-old Japanese craft – something we noted at Mono Japan earlier this year.