Yanagihara's Studio in Osaka
Since Skagerak engaged in The Table Project – a collaboration with 1616/arita japan and the design studio All the Way to Paris resulting in a limited edition of hand-painted tableware – the relationship between designer Teruhiro Yanagihara and Skagerak has evolved into a close personal bond.
Skagerak visited the designer’s studio in central Osaka, Japan’s third-largest city and known for its lively local food scene, historical landmarks and amusement parks. Teruhiro Yanagihara’s studio is located in a three-storey building in a charming area with small shops, a food market and bustling traffic. In the two-storey studio, one floor serves as the workspace, while the top level contains the kitchen and dining area and has access to a large rooftop terrace with a view of the city.
The interior of the studio has a minimalistic feel with concrete walls, floors and ceilings. The calm and creative space is inhabited by Yanagihara’s designs, the bike he rides to work and several shelves of carefully selected material samples, books and local Japanese art.
‘It was a stunning surprise to climb the narrow staircase and enter this consciously curated space with its international, aesthetic and creative atmosphere. Every item is carefully selected and contains symbolic value or an individual story about the person who made it. It was a very inspiring experience,’ says Skagerak co-owner Vibeke Panduro.
'Every item is carefully selected and contains symbolic value or an individual story about the person who made it.' - Vibeke Panduro
Skagerak’s collaboration with Teruhiro Yanagihara recently resulted in the stringently designed serving tray No. 10, inspired by the original Japanese banjyu trays that are used to transport and serve the traditional confection manjū. The tray is made of untreated oak and comes in three sizes that nestle inside each other for compact storage; a feature that also resembles Yanagihara’s take on his TY porcelain collection for 1616/ arita japan that fills up the open cupboards in the studio kitchen.
The connection and affection between Denmark and Japan date back more than a century based in part on a shared sense of natural materials, honest functionality and thoroughness.
‘From a certain time, Japanese design developed by imitating Danish design. Denmark also sympathizes with the Japanese sensibility, and I see many who are inspired by Japanese culture. The two things they have in common are respect for each other and the idea that the thought of design dwells in the details. The difference is in the sense of colour. The appearance of colour and the colour of the light change, depending on where you live,’ says Teruhiro Yanagihara.
'The two things they have in common are respect for each other and the idea that the thought of design dwells in the details' - Teruhiro Yanagihara
Skagerak and Teruhiro Yanagihara share a passion for quality and long-lasting design, and the newly founded relationship will hopefully result in further collaborations and visits in Denmark and Japan.
Teruhiro Yanagihara is an interior architect and designer in addition to being Head of Design for 1616/arita japan. He created the tableware TY Standard Collection that All the Way to Paris selected pieces from for The Table Project for Skagerak. 1616/arita japan is a new branch of Arita, the renowned Japanese porcelain brand with a 400-year-old history.
Selected elements of the extensive TY Standard Collection by Teruhiro Yanagihara for 1616/arita japan are available from the Skagerak Store at Indiakaj in Copenhagen.