Hot off the heels from an appearance in Dwell's July/August "Made in America" issue, Bauer Pottery has announced the opening of its first showroom in Tokyo. That's right, the American heritage ceramics company now has a room of its own in Japan (joining smaller distribution channels via Tokyo's Ron Herman and United Arrows stores, as well as Early Birds in Kamakura).
The showroom, which is located in the Asakusa District of Taito City and is managed by Masa Sakurai, carries Bauer pottery and Russel Wright American Modern dinnerware. Sakurai loves Bauer so much that he even replicated the feel of the company's original Los Angeles headquarters, down to the orange front door, corrugated metal siding, and distressed exterior sign. You can also see familiar reclaimed wood shelving, industrial tables, and the wall-sized color chart. Check it all out at www.bauerpottery.jp, launching soon.
And peruse the Dwell archives for more on Bauer Pottery and Russel Wright's storied legacy on American ceramicware.
Kelsey Keith has written about design, art, and architecture for a variety of print and online publications.