nao tamura's silicon leaf-shaped seasons serving plates now in production
new york-based japanese designer nao tamura has taken her award-winning design ‘seasons’ into production. the silicone serving platter, having won the salone satellite award at the milan salone internazionale del mobile 2010 which designboom covered here, is now being fabricated and will distributed by COVO and MoMA in the US. the concept is informed by the shape and role of the leaf within the culture of eating, in particular referencing rituals surrounding mealtime in her homeland of japan. the material chosen for the plates also becomes very relevant to the design, not only in the low-energy processes required to manufacture it, but also in its behavior where it is able to be rolled-up, wrapped and folded according to the dish being served.

nao tamura's silicon leaf-shaped seasons serving plates now in production
the material allows the plate to be rolled up

nao tamura's silicon leaf-shaped seasons serving plates now in production

nao tamura's silicon leaf-shaped seasons serving plates now in production

nao tamura's silicon leaf-shaped seasons serving plates now in production

nao tamura's silicon leaf-shaped seasons serving plates now in production

nao tamura's silicon leaf-shaped seasons serving plates now in production