As December comes along and the weather grows colder in the western hemisphere, the streets are filled with decorations, such as Christmas trees, tinsel, poinsettia, Christmas stockings, scented candles, mistletoe, stars, Santa Claus dolls, and much more. The holiday season is also coming, which is the perfect time to gather with family members, eat home-cooked food and tell each other stories that have happened during the year.
What about Christmas celebrations in a tropical country like Indonesia? Hana Wijayanti, Project Director of HD-Architects, saw it as her inspiration to create a tropical Christmas table setting. “I’d like to combine the green colour, gold and tropical elements in this table setting. The decoration itself using more with plants rather than flower such as nobilis branch nature. But I also put wild berry and spray rose flowers to give a colourful touch to the table. By combining the Christmas elements and also adjusting with the tropical climate make this is settings relatable that can be apply in the residences in Indonesia.”
Several cakes and cookies from TWG Tea, such as Chocolate Chocolate, Orange Cybus, Matcha 1000% and Anabelle, were served so that he family could spend more time talking to each other,” explains Hana.
The centerpiece from the table settings are a customised pine with crystal vases from Box Living, as “usually at Christmas, people tend to have the whole pine tree as the Christmas tree. I want to give a modern approach by putting it on the dining table. Together with the florist Bryan Nelvian, we cut the pieces from the branch and arranged it in the vase. The other reasons why I put pine trees to the table because pine leaves have a significant fragrant that will make the Christmas vibes stronger on the table.”
The tableware, crystalware and silverware are from the local designer, Ayu Larasati Ceramics in a Sandstone set. “This is a handmade and custom-made collection. I chose it to embrace the local brands, but it’s still luxurious at the same time.”
As the interview comes to an end, Hana shares why it’s important for her in combining design with human sensory “this setting invites all the senses from the guests. From seeing the harmonious room together with the table setting itself, tasting the home cook food while the plants and flowers spread nature fragrance. As the heart and soul feel ease while listening to Christmas jazz songs and talking heart to heart with the family.”