Gwan-Im

Bougainvillea plate

$25

Gwan-im makes modern chinoiserie for your home and table. When Diana Zheng was writing her cookbook, Jia! The Food of Swatow and the Teochew Diaspora, she searched far and wide for tableware to use in photos. Diana wanted beautiful pieces that would complement the cuisine she was writing about — dishes rooted in China but globally influenced, with a healthy balance between traditional and modern. When she came up short at her local Asian stores and online, she decided to start a company to make the pieces herself, in collaboration with other Chinese-American artists.

 

Pieces in Gwan-im’s “California” collection spotlight non-native flora that eventually found their way to the Golden State. These species, though once foreign, have become essential to California’s unique landscape — and to the photographs in Jia!

 

All plates are microwave- and dishwasher-safe porcelain.

 

7" rimmed bougainvillea plate designed by Rose Wong features great bougainvillea, red ironbark, maguey, and banana leaves (Bougainvillea spectabilis, Eucalyptus sideroxylon, Agave americana, and Musa acuminata).

 

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