In a time where consumer habits have changed due to the pandemic caused by the Covid-19 virus, even restaurants have had to readjust and reinvent themselves. There is a common thread that has been bringing everyone together for a few years now and that has only become more pronounced in the last period: the importance of the environment and sustainability.
Nature in materials: porcelain and stoneware
The nature theme means not only seeking an authentic experience but also sustainability: consumers want to know where the food they buy in supermarkets and eat in restaurants comes from, with a consequent growing attention to local realities, eliminating dishes that have an environmental impact, not only in terms of food but also of container materials. No waste and rediscovery of traditional foods have become key words.
The influence of nature is evident in every single trendy material in any sector, starting from furniture and ending with tableware. In this sense, ceramics, of which porcelain is the noblest expression, is born from natural elements, combining raw materials such as clay, earth minerals and water. A functional representation of nature since ancient times, porcelain is used in a variety of applications, including building materials, functional tableware, decorative sculptures and more.
Nature is also reflected in stoneware, made of non-porous, clay-based porcelain. It is not only the composition of these dishes that is natural, but also their appearance and color, reminiscent of stone, hence the name stoneware. And then, the warm and unaltered colors.
Porcelain is created in respect of the environment
The natural advantages of porcelain
Porcelain is a high-quality material known for its very low water absorption and, above all, its long life. There are three main factors that make porcelain a sustainable and environmentally friendly material: versatility, durability and its composition.
As mentioned above, porcelain is used in a variety of sectors, starting with construction and furniture and ending with the use that we believe is the most expressive of the material’s versatility, namely the culinary sector, to create porcelain items of every style, shape and function. Oven-proof and dishwasher-safe baking dishes, able to maintain the heat of the food presented, and then table accessories that become the starting point for the presentation of the chef’s dishes and a unique experience for guests.
Strong and durable, tableware made of porcelain is best known for its durability. Porcelain is fired at a very high temperature and, as a result, is durable and non-porous. Although they look fragile, they possess excellent strength, which allows for professional use without scratching the surface. This feature reduces waste, which benefits both the environment and expenses, as there is no need to buy new items frequently.
The main ingredients in porcelain are clay, common rocks such as feldspar or quartz, and water. These elements are widespread and easily available, which means that renewability is not an issue and CO2 emissions are lower as a result of lower transportation costs. MPS Porcellane processes this amazing material in production cycles characterized by a reduced environmental impact and we guarantee the absence of lead and cadmium in the cover glass, as per European Directive 84/500/EEC and subsequent updates. Moreover, porcelain tableware is safe because it does not use chemicals and does not absorb any, thanks to its non-porous nature.
Combination of natural styles and flavors, Conchiglia line
The power of nature at the table: the Conchiglia line and the Stoneware line
Bringing nature to the table doesn’t necessarily mean decorating the environment with plants and presenting vegetarian and vegan foods. Even the right tableware can evoke a natural environment. If the green nature of the basic material, porcelain, is not enough, here is the Conchiglia line, able to recreate the sea at the table, the most emblematic expression of the force of nature. Articles in quality porcelain that draw the typical shapes of shells to celebrate flavors and sounds of the sea, in any place and at any time. Perfect for restaurants whose main dish is fish, or who are lucky enough to be right in front of the sea, for a complete presentation and an impressive experience. The Fish Plate reminds precisely the shape of this food so delicious, allowing also an easier, as well as creative, presentation. Conchiglia line is a versatile set of porcelain items that can be used to present any type of dish, in the brilliance of white and the elegance of black, to create contrasts and plays of color. Pearls of exquisiteness are enclosed in the Ladle and Salad Bowl, with the availability of various sizes, that allow you to bring to the table any food, sweet or savory. Finally, the art of the sea is skilfully designed by our craftsmen on the Ladle Plate, capable of weaving a network of shapes to capture sauces and refined foods.
In the sign of rustic elegance, Stoneware line
In the sparkling color of the earth, the naturalness of stoneware, a raw starting material, becomes a way to present luxurious and modern dishes with the Stoneware line. Different shades of brown, black and white alternate in a dance of elegant rusticity: pans of different shapes, styles and opacity meet in the kitchen for food that is maintained warm and presented without too much formality; bowls with a natural look are expertly crafted to accompany eco-sustainable foods and the green-hearted story is concluded with the casserole, fondue and 5-compartments plate for the most diverse tastes.
This is how nature becomes a whole with porcelain tableware, to ensure sustainability and follow trends, in a dimension where the environment is the protagonist, even at the table.