Arita House Amsterdam

The Arita House was located adjacent to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam in a historic building dating from 1925. The substantial premises consist of several buildings and cover an area of 645 m2.


The aim of Arita House was to connect, as well as promote, contemporary Japanese and Dutch culture, with the ambition of revitalising the unique historical exchange between Japan and The Netherlands. This new cultural landmark was open between 19 May and late December 2016.


The Arita House in Amsterdam showed the design and production process behind the new porcelain items from the 2016/ collection and demonstrate how the designers involved were inspired by Japanese craftsmanship and cultural heritage. In addition, a programme of discussions, lectures, workshops and tea ceremonies run during its opening. SHOP/SHOP was where visitors were able to purchase porcelain from the 2016/ collections and other products from the Saga Prefecture, such as tea and sake. Piet Oudolf, Holland’s most renowned landscape designer, has designed the gardens of Arita House.


Sponsored by the Saga Prefecture Japan 

In cooperation with the Creative Industries Fund NL (Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie), DutchCulture, the city of Amsterdam, Mondriaan Fund, the Embassy of Japan and S&B2 Design Management. 

Supported by Agape, Auping, Bardelli, Deltavormgroep, Duikelman, Erco, Farrow & Ball, Forbo Flooring, Gelderland, Georg Jensen, HAY, J. HILL’s Standard, Karimoku New Standard, JVC, Luce di Carrara, Maharam, Moooi, Moroso, Muuto, Nikon, Samsung, Stadsherstel, Skagerak, Skyline Design, Subzero-Wolf, Verreum and Vitra.



Exhibition ‘2016/ collections’ & SHOP/SHOP

Opening hours:

19 May–late December 2016 (It's closed)

Thursday–Saturday 10.00–18.00 

Location: Ruysdaelkade 2-4 1072 AG Amsterdam The Netherlands



Photography by Inga Powilleit