WASARA, INDEX: AWARD 2011 FINALIST.
Existing paper tableware generally offers only minimal strength and quality. Moreover, it is seldom designed to be either practical or visually pleasing. Featuring the aesthetic and sensitive design that invokes the feel of Japanese ceramics, WASARA fits comfortably in the hand, with an elegant form and sturdy support.
With its elegant pure Japanese design, WASARA truly offers the best in biodegradable, disposable tableware. WASARA is made entirely from tree-free renewable materials using materials such as sugar cane fibers, bamboo and reed pulps.
WASARA is a product of idiosyncratic Japanese sensibility. Japanese culture has the technique of shakkei, which interprets the landscape seen through a window as a part of the interior. It represents the spirit of living in harmony with nature. A lattice and a shoji screen create a certain type of beauty with a repetition of simple patterns. WASARA is paper tableware inheriting such spirit. Fitting comfortably in the hands, WASARA has a sense of stability and accentuates food and drink. While WASARA tableware is by design temporary, it represents the essence of Japanese tradition and spirit.
Shinichiro Ogata (Japan), 2008