In order to celebrate 400 years of Japanese porcelain, master chef Nobu Matsuhisa has teamed up with up with Arita Plus, a cooperative of young potters from the Arita region to create a new collection of tableware.
Consisting of white plates, bowls, sushi roll holders and a sake set, decorated in Arita’s trademark blue and red glazes, the collection was born as the result of Arita Plus approaching Nobu ten months ago. There’s nothing the chef likes more than creating crockery that complements his ever-evolving menu; in the past he’s designed teapots and bento boxes, soba sets and sushi tools. ‘I’m always devising new dishes and I quite often can’t fine the crockery I need, so I like to design my own,’ he explains.
Included in the nine-piece collection is an edamame plate; a ‘design’ plate, for signature dishes such as black cod miso; and a red sushi plate. (Traditionally, sushi chefs dish up on red plates but in many places outside Japan, Nobu has had to use standard white versions.) Motifs are inspired by the Japanese flag and the red of the rising sun.
The collection is on sale in all 39 of Nobu’s restaurants, which so far span 34 cities. In April, the lounge bar at Nobu Berkeley Street is reopening with an update from David Collins Studio (expect capiz shell, silk lanterns, rock crystal and hand-dyed Japanese indigo cloth); while 2017 brings a Nobu Hotel to Shoreditch. ‘It will be a different offering,’ Nobu explains. ‘The signature dishes won’t change but there will be new additions and a different concept. I hope it will have a big impact on the brand.'
Receive our daily digest of inspiration, escapism and design stories from around the world direct to your inbox
Emma O'Kelly is a contributing editor at Wallpaper*. She joined the magazine on issue 4 as news editor and since since then has worked in full and part time roles across many editorial departments. She is a freelance journalist based in London and works for a range of titles from Condé Nast Traveller to The Telegraph. She is currently working on a book about Scandinavian sauna culture and is renovating a mid century house in the Italian Lakes.
BMW i5 Flow NOSTOKANA brings Esther Mahlangu’s art to life at Frieze LA
BMW’s Art Car Project has rarely impacted on the company’s everyday business of building cars. With the BMW i5 Flow NOSTOKANA, could all that be about to change?
By Jonathan Bell Published
This Walter S White house in Indio is given a new lease of life
This Walter S White house in Indio, California, has been redesigned for the 21st century by Sean Gaston
By Hadani Ditmars Published
The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2024 celebrate UK’s rising creatives
Here are The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2024 winners, spanning theatre writing, jazz composition and regenerative design
By Tianna Williams Published
This new rug release from Floor Story is causing a cosmic eclipse
Kangan Arora and Floor Story have designed ten otherworldly illusions of form and tone – the ‘Cosmic Check’ and ‘Falling Shadows’ rug collections
By Martha Elliott Last updated
Scandinavian design meets Japanese heritage in OEO Studio’s Tokyo apartment
OEO Studio has collaborated with Japanese property developer ReBita on a luxury new apartment at Tokyo’s Opus Arisugawa Terrace & Residence
By Hannah Silver Last updated
Sculptural ceramic lamps from Brooklyn’s In Common With and Danny Kaplan
‘Terra’, a new collection of ceramic lamps featuring tactile glazes, puts Brooklyn studio In Common With and ceramicist Danny Kaplan in the spotlight
By Pei-Ru Keh Last updated
The Row collaborates on ceramic planters for your home
Partnering with landscape designer Grace Fuller Marroquín, The Row launches a line of glazed planters intricately handcrafted in Mexico
By Tilly Macalister-Smith Last updated
Nendo and Georg Jensen create silver vases inspired by nature
Japanese design studio Nendo and Danish silversmith Georg Jensen create a set of three silver vases that combine organic forms and minimalist aesthetics
By Mary Cleary Last updated
Niwaki is a new outlet for Japan’s most innovative tools
New London store Niwaki sells exquisitely crafted Japanese gardening tools and workwear
By Mary Cleary Last updated
Japanese minimalism meets Scandinavian design in Karimoku Case Study
The Azabu Residence by Keiji Ashizawa and Norm Architects’ Frederik Alexander Werner is part of the Karimoku Case Study project, and features a sombre material palette and restrained colour scheme for a peaceful family interior
By Rosa Bertoli Last updated
Snøhetta designs experimental culinary space in Tokyo
Snøhetta co-founder Craig Dykers discusses the architecture of Burnside – a Tokyo event space for art and design outfit En One and the Bronx chef collective Ghetto Gastro
By Ellie Stathaki Last updated