The phrase “paper plate” usually conjures images of haste and waste, not spiritual enrichment and ecological awareness. The Wasara collection of disposable tableware speaks to traditional Japanese hospitality, which employs diverse plates and bowls to focus attention on individually prepared food items. Wasara’s serene, inventive forms enhance the sensual experience of dining while offering the convenience of disposability.
Paper tableware must be made from virgin pulp, owing to the impurities in recycled material. The Wasara collection is made from a mix of reed pulp, bamboo, and bagasse, or sugarcane pulp. Bagasse is a waste product of the sugar-processing industry, while reed and bamboo are fast-growing, non-timber plants.
The molded pulp takes myriad forms, bending and warping to add functionality and beauty to each piece. Designed to stack on the table in sculptural configurations, these paper dishes present a pleasing play of light and shadow. The handle of a coffee cup is also a pouring spout. The undulating edge of a plate makes it easy for a guest to hold it at a party. The texture of the material makes it feel comfortable and artisanal in the hand. Designed for single use, followed by natural decay, the Wasara collection celebrates “ephemeral beauty,” a strong current in Japanese culture.Location: japan