Elite Grahacipta’s L. Shinta is known for her spectacular Chinese New Year decorations. For 2018, the Year of the Dog, she has gone the extra mile. “To create a memorable Chinese New Year’s table setting, it’s better to expand your creativity and limits in decorating,” she advises.
“It would be better to be creative, but without overlooking the true essence of the celebration. “For this setting, we used the colours of blue and white as our concept. The dog is known as a symbol of loyalty and love. And for that reason we tried to find the best way to emphasise this characteristic of the zodiac by choosing blue as the main colour.
Blue is a popular colour that symbolises loyalty, strength, wisdom and trust. “That’s why blue and white is the main theme for this year’s table setting. It’s something special and interesting, since we always presented a different concept and ambiance in each of our table settings. With this concept, Elite could offer a new look and idea for the customer. We know that Chinese New Year table settings are usually decorated in red, but we have tried to present a different concept, without getting rid of the true identity of the culture.”
What items did Shinta choose for her setting? “We picked out various pieces from various brands to maximise the theme for the table setting,” she says. “The items that we chose were based on the theme colours. They were selected from the collections of Baccarat, Daum, Lladro, L’Objet and Mariner. “For the vase, candle holder and crystal, we mostly used Baccarat products.
The Zenith Chandelier with 24 lights was also from Baccarat. For the candle holder, we chose Candelabrum Medaillon by Baccarat. For the napkin holders, Coral with Roped Plated Rings by L’Objet. For the cutlery, we used various brands, notably Lladro for the canape plates. “The main pieces were from from the Lladro and Daum collections. The dog in Daum is full of details and each glass sculpture radiates with light and colour, making it a perfect decoration for your table setting. The Lladro dog figurine with matte and glazed porcelain added such an adorable touch to the setting, being sure to catch the eyes of the guests.
For the centrepiece, we chose several Lladro pieces to highlight The Year of The Dog, including Bulldog with Lollipop and Chihuahua with Marshmallows.” How to make a perfect table setting for Chinese New Year? “There are no rules for table settings,” Shinta declares. “It all depends on the taste of the designer. Decorating a table setting is a creative process and the most important thing is to find your personal style. Your style and preferences should be your guide to finding the perfect expression of your own creativity.”