The link between the Scandinavian and Japanese design aesthetic, though not something new, is beginning to become more widely known. Curators Juli and John at Mjölk opened my eyes to the amazing correlation last year when I visited and displayed Hopea’s collection at their Toronto store. I was particularly struck by the similarities of Japanese pottery and woodwork with the craft of Nordic countries.
The minimalism, attention to detail and overall craftsmanship of Arita Japan pottery is a fantastic example. The pottery studio at Arita, established in 1616, is built in to the very history of the small island town itself. The pieces are made from crushed stone and the forms are graceful and modern.
(Thanks to Jess at Not-Static for sharing this amazing find!)