Word Table Light II

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All-New Material

Translucent Japanese porcelain, custom-mixed for warm, ambient lighting.

Durable + Heat-Resistant

High-density clay — extremely strong and resistant to both heat and stains.

Rich, Even Glow

Diffusive quality of light unmatched by conventional glass or plastic.

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Resized for Porcelain

Easily gripped and safely carried with one hand.

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Over 400 Years of Tradition

In 1616, a Korean potter, Yi Sam-pyeong, first discovered porcelain stone at the Izumiyama quarry, setting off a series of events that culminated in Arita becoming the first porcelain manufacturing center in Japan.

The town of Arita is located in the remote south of Japan, on the island of Kyushu, in a rural area of exceptional natural beauty. Further to the south sits the town of Hasami, also famed for its ceramics. Skilled Arita craftspeople have been producing porcelain for over 400 years.

Today, due to a global movement toward cheaper and faster production, less than 100 potteries of varying sizes remain. In early 2021, we were introduced to a little-known network of Arita potteries merging ancient Japanese craftwork with cutting-edge industrial technology. Intrigued by the mixture of old and new, and East and West, we began a dialogue about potential collaborations. Word Table Light II is the first such collaboration.

Our first partner in Arita is a family-run pottery named Riso Porcelain. Founded at the former residence of the legendary Yi Sam-pyeong, the pottery is led by Shinji Terauchi, a fourth-generation porcelain craftsman who carries forward his family’s heritage.

Riso Porcelain was established in 1930. While it still uses the techniques of old Imari ware (often referred to as Nabeshima style), the fourth-generation pottery was one of the first in Arita to adopt digital technology.

From traditional fine-dining tablewares to contemporary art pieces, Riso uses the latest technology to enhance the precision of traditional Japanese craftsmanship. Highly skilled craftspeople work side-by-side with 3D digital experts and 3D modeling machines, making it possible to produce almost anything in Arita porcelain.

Designed by Studio Word in Seoul, Korea

In designing Word Table Light II, Studio Word was inspired by the graceful manner of simple Doric columns. Dating back to the 6th century B.C., Doric is the oldest, and simplest, of the three classical orders of Greek architecture. In a subtle twist on the traditional Doric column’s wider base, Word’s base is strictly cylindrical. The light’s surface is fluted, both on the stem and the head, producing rhythmic, rippling shadows even while unlit.

Studio Word

Seoul-based Studio Word was founded by Kyuhyung Cho and Jungyou Choi. With clients across Europe and Asia, the multitalented studio works in product, graphic and spatial design, and has collaborated with Menu, Iittala and Hermès. Word Table Light II is the studio’s first design for Dims.

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FAQ

Porcelain


Arita is a small town in Saga Prefecture on the southern island of Kyushu. It is the birthplace of Japan’s porcelain ware.

Arita porcelain was initially exported to Europe in the mid-17th century by the Dutch East India Company and became highly sought after by European royal houses. Dutch traders referred to it as ‘white gold.’

Today, Arita potters continue to use the same, pure Amakusa clay that was first discovered in Arita by a Korean potter in the early 17th century. Although porcelain has traditionally been thought of as a fragile material, modern-day porcelain is surprisingly durable. Arita porcelain is purer and harder than other porcelains, which allows smaller wall thicknesses and sharper rendering of details.

Amakusa clay is a porcelain clay consisting of quartz, potassium, kaolin and feldspar (or nepheline syenite). Made from stone found on Amakusa Island in Kumamoto Prefecture, it is crushed and ground into a fine powder, then washed to remove impurities, resulting in an exceptionally pure porcelain clay.

There are three grades of Amakusa clay: (1) Super-White (Eri-jo), considered to be the highest quality; (2) Mid-White (Eri-chu), standard in Arita; and (3) Off-White (Eri-ge), less popular in Arita. Word Table Light II is made using the highest grade of Amakusa clay.

Nabeshima style porcelain is considered the most refined porcelain in Japan, and holds a special status in Japanese porcelain history. Traditionally, items in this category were never sold, and were exclusively given as gifts to the shogun, high-ranking officials and court members.

Slip casting (Haidei Ikomi) is a production technique used to create hollow pieces, such as vases or light shades. Liquid porcelain clay is first poured into a plaster mold. The plaster absorbs the liquid from the clay, which forms a hardened layer inside the mold. Once the desired thickness is reached, the excess liquid is poured out, leaving a hollow interior.

Product


Glazed Arita porcelain has a very white and glossy appearance that sets it apart from other earthenware. When the light is off, it will resemble a small sculpture.

Even though it may look opaque, the light will emit a warm, diffused glow when turned on.

A standard, medium (E26) base LED bulb can be used.

Preorder


If you place a preorder, your item is made to order as part of a small batch. This means your item will not be shipped until after it’s been made. Preorders enable us to avoid overproduction, reduce waste and share cost savings with our early adopters.

We estimate upfront for you when the item will be shipped, and do our absolute best to stand by our estimated delivery windows. However, even under normal circumstances, delays do arise. Since early 2020, COVID-19 has affected the speed and resilience of our supply chain in unpredictable ways, and we are working diligently with our partners to eliminate delays, both safely and surely.

If a delay occurs, we will remain in communication with you on the status of your order. Due to the special nature of preorder production, preorders cannot be canceled. Please note that your card will be charged at the time of checkout.

Preorder pricing is applied to Word Table Light II to offset its wait time. Since the earliest preorder customers wait the longest, they receive the best pricing. Preorder pricing is available for a limited quantity during a limited time.

We are opening up individual preorders of the Word Table Light II to Alaska, Hawaii and Canada. International shipping is available for bulk orders (5+ units) only. Additional shipping fees will be charged, and international customers will be responsible for applicable customs duties, fees or taxes.

If you are not located in the continental U.S. and would like to place an order, please contact us at concierge@dims.world so we can assist.

We expect to start shipping preorders in spring of 2022.

Preorder shipping dates are the best estimates we have at this time and may fluctuate. We do not allow cancellations, due to the batched nature of orders. Each light will be made specifically for you. Special preorder pricing is offered for a limited quantity of lights to offset the longer wait time for preorders.