Much like all of the Japanese master pipe makers, Takeo Arita's shaping and designs are strongly influenced both by his environment and Nihon mindset. Unlike many of his peers, however, the environment is not bucolic, but modern Tokyo. Takeo-san's aesthetic does not seek perfection within the imperfect, but the transcendent that is attainable through a perfect alliance of man and machine. Arita-san's work shares some roots with Art Deco, Streamline Moderne, and Precisionism, in that every day, recognizable objects become shaped and tempered with an eye toward the cutting edge modern.
This is quintessential Takeo Arita; a minimalist design, clearly defined by bold, strong, architectural lines. The central, trailing arc appears to begin at the heel, a nifty piece of intentional misdirection that is created by drawing the eye toward the body of the bowl, and away from the actual foundation that begins and ends at the base. The stem presents a flawless continuity of the preceding lines, contributing to the overall effect of the forward movement that imbues the composition. This is a marvelous pipe, one that simultaneously challenges the observer, as well as the shaping boundaries that preceded it.