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German designer Stefan Diez developed this tableware series that is striving to become a modern standard, having meticulously researched the cultural balance that exists between the Asian and Western approaches to food. One result of contemporary efficient manufacturing is that much of the porcelain produced today has lost its former exclusivity, a fact that led Diez to have misgivings about this shift towards standardisation and instead to propose a modern-day collection that still sought out the cherished skills of the craftsman. This beautiful tableware series is defined by each object’s delicate lines running uninterrupted from the sides to the interior.
The exterior of the Mortar features glaze whereas the Pestle and Mortar interior are an elegant matte finish.
Designer Stefan Diez, Germany (2016)
Origin Made in Japan
Diameter 100mm / 3.9"
Height 58mm / 2.3"
Growing up in a household of 4th-generation carpenters, Stefan Diez’s early bond with craftsmanship has profoundly shaped his development as an industrial designer. Following his family tradition by training as a cabinetmaker, he went on to study industrial design under Richard Sapper at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart. After returning to Munich to work with Konstantin Grcic, he founded his own studio in 2002.
Together with his team, Stefan Diez has been exploring a broad spectrum of design, creating award-winning furniture, tableware and accessories, in collaboration with internationally renowned manufacturers like e15, emu, Hay, Magis, Rosenthal, Thonet, Vibia, Wagner and Wilkhahn.
2016/ makes contemporary porcelain using the specialist skills found in the pottery town of Arita, Japan. Local artistry is combined with international design talent in the making of desirable, everyday porcelain products.
Founded in 2016 - in celebration of 400 years of pottery production in Arita - 2016/ brought together 16 designers from around the world with an array of cultural backgrounds, the designers have re-interpreted classic Arita-ware, harnessing all the craft’s techniques to usher forth a new creative standard that the world will embrace as part of everyday living.