Alessi A Lotus Leaf'''' tray designed by architect Chang Yung Ho as part of the (un)forbidden city project, where Alessi asked 8 Chinese architects to each design an iconic tray. The idea was to bridge the two cultures of China and Italys art and architecture with the result of some inspiring designs... taking the architect''''s attention to detail to a small scale project. A Lotus Leaf is a true example of taking inspiration from the small beauties of nature - the artist took a lotus leaf from the pond at the Old Summer Palace of Beijing, dried it out for 6 months and then scanned the shape of it using a 3 dimensional scanner. The actual lotus leaf used can be seen in the photographs above. The tray can be used on both sides and is made from polished stainless steel.