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seasons-by-nao-tamura-1-479x420A Japanese designer, Nao Tamura designed serving containers made of silica sand. She won the salone satellite award at the Milan salone internazionale del mobile 2010.

‘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?’
–Nao Tamura

They look like real leaves but they are flexible and multi-purpose; these can be used in an oven or microware, and dishwasher safe. The process of making silicone uses lesser energy than glasses. The dishes are lightweight and can be compressed or rolled up for small space. Those plates remind me of banana leaf used for serving meals in India but I like her beautiful concept and presentation.