wasara biodegradable paper tableware from japan
wasara biodegradable paper tableware from japan wasara biodegradable paper tableware from japan
jul 07, 2010

wasara biodegradable paper tableware from japan


wasara products by japanese design studio simplicity (shinichiro ogata) were exhibited as part of designboom’s ‘asia now‘ exhibition held at dwell on design in los angeles.

‘sometimes we associate asia in general with copies of original designs that were conceived of elsewhere. this is unfortunate and often unwarranted. for the ‘asia now’ exhibition we were looking for truly unique work that is not too influenced by western styles.’ designboom

wasara elevates disposable tableware to a new level. the earth-conscious product is made from tree-free renewable materials: bamboo, reed pulp and sugar cane fiber and is fully biodegradable and compostable. the sturdy and simple designs fit comfortably into one’s hand.

the cups have a handle which doubles as a spout


square plates

the plate has a groove to accommodate the hand

detail of the stacked plates

tray with dipping bowl

circular plates



studies in form

wasara tableware in use

wasara tableware collection

wasara tableware packaging

fibres used to make wasara tableware

wasara tableware at the ‘asia now’ exhibition image © designboom

the wasara tableware has been shown as part of the japanese sector of designboom’s curated exhibition ‘asia now’.

image © designboom

  • exelent

    merelo says:
  • nice shape, already well known material in restaurants. i dont see such a good idea 🙁

    Noa says:
  • I have the whole collection 🙂
    and it is great, I love it…

    I’ve worked in a workshop with Shinichiro Ogata one year ago in Cairo, and the good thing about his work that, it is really japans yet very modern and global.

    Aicha Mansour says:
  • beautiful, you just want to use them

    isabel says:
  • This is beautiful

    AP says:
  • sustainable and beautiful.
    Simply Amazing~
    continue the good work.

    adoptme says:
  • Really nice design, and we all know good design sells! But let me ask you… Isn’t it contraproductive to design good looking disposable (single use!) tableware? Although they’re biodegradeable, most of them will be thrown in the waste bin after use and be burned.
    Serving meals on single usable plates is very common in America but not in Europe and Japan. I’m sure it’s more sutainable to use “traditional” china and wash it after use. So why not having as well a collection in a reusable material?

    A French men once said, your food tradition coincidences with your way you present it.. I agree when I see japanese food arrangements and ceramics tradition. And think as well of french fayence!

    Porcelaine says:

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