Milan design week 2010:
Seasons is an interpretation of functional kitchen and serving ware, inspired by nature and technology, through the cultural lens of Japan
Like a real leaf, each serving dish is flexible and multi-purpose. It rolls up for storage using the benefits of silicone to insure its use in an oven or microware, able to withstand repeated dishwasher cleaning.
Each leaf enjoys its own shape, stackable in its open state, and in multiples, creating a sculptural display of serving artware.
Made from silica sand, silicone is the raw ingredient that ceramic and glass are made from. Compared to glass, very little energy is needed to cretae and process silicone. The ability to process it with low-cost equipment creates an opportunity for localized production. Long-lasting, unbreakeble and chip-resistant, lightweight and flexible, it can be compressed for very economical shipping.
“In the land where I grew up, spring is a time when Japanese sweets come wrapped in cherry leaves.
In summer, a fiery ripe tomato is carved out for use as a seving container.
In autumn, fallen foliage from maple trees decorates the dinner table. And, the aroma of bamboo helps create the setting for winter.
Just as winter is followed by spring, there are things that wither and are those born anew. Both truisms run deep and are able to move us from our core.
Is this the cycle that dictates life on Earth?”