Geometric simplicity characterizes the five-piece set of porcelain tableware—encompassing a small and large plate, bowl, cup, and mug—seen in circular volumes set atop slightly conical bases. Produced by 1616 / arita japan, the porcelain is embellished with a graphic reinterpretation of Grid, a groundbreaking textile created by Scholten & Baijings in 2014 in collaboration with the New York-based Maharam Design Studio. Over the course of the textile’s unusually long repeat—based on the ten yards typically required to upholster a sofa—Grid investigates color densities built up by parallel and perpendicular lines. In Stefan Scholten’s words, “The density of the grid determines how one experiences color and gives the color a more airy appearance than a monochromatic color plane.” Now at a dramatically reduced scale and with inverted color proportions, Grid enlivens the porcelain pieces in three different color schemes applied with varying matte or gloss effects.
Lonneke van der Palen, Inga Powilleit