Everyone has a different way to celebrate the Chinese New Year. However, one thing remains the same. We all like to celebrate with family and friends at a pleasant and classy venue, because this festive occasion only comes once a year. Elite Grahacipta is known for its lavish Chinese New Year decorations. This year, it has collaborated with interior designer Sammy Hendramianto to create this exquisite and grandiose table setting for Prestige at the Elite show house in Kyai Maja, South Jakarta.
“Because this year is the year of the rooster, I wanted to create a table setting that had the element of the animal. That’s why I chose red as the basic colour scheme, because it resembles the colour of the rooster’s comb,” says Hendramianto.
Red is also seen in the flower arrangements created by Amalya Hasibuan of Eschol Gardening & Landscape, “I used the cockscomb flower because it has a form that looks like a rooster’s comb. It fits the collection perfectly,” says Amalya. The designer started by placing eight table mats on a double-pedestal dining table and putting several contemporary vases from Baccarat in the centre. Each vas was filled with fresh flower arrangement adorned with green grasses in the bottom to make it appears naturally bloom.
Among these, Hendramianto placed Baccarat Eye Votives candleholders as well as Baccarat’s Ourf-Candlestick Gold and Harcourt Our Fire to “sublimate the candle light”. To seal the oriental feeling, he added the Lotus Leaf Centrepiece, whose form reminds him of Chinese bowls, in the middle.
“In this table decoration, I want to bring a modern lifestyle but with a classic twist. I believe that classic style will never die, so we can’t ever put it aside. When classic was set with modern mood, it gives a strength effect of the whole look.
“I have a very eclectic and contemporary approach when it comes to design, so I brought that point of view into this decoration. I specifically asked to paint the background wall into grey for this table setting because it brings a versatile feeling when paired with red. I also added six paintings of rooster to highlight the theme.”
Hendramianto believes that a successful ilham jasin, joe sabarto table setting is all about concept. If the concept fits the occasion, the arrangement will naturally flow. “However, I believe that there is no rule in design. Most of the time, we’ve got to come up with new idea in the process. That’s why I fell in love with it, since it has no boundaries.”
For the tableware, Hendramianto chose L’Objet Byzanteum Platinum Charger and Wedgwood Signet Platinum plate along with L’Objet Chopsticks Plated and Baccarat Verre and Masséna glass. The white napkin was put above the plate adorned with L’Objet Garland with yellow Swarovski crystals. “We added more accessories on the table by opting for Lladro and Baccarat rooster ornaments. This boosts the festive feeling of the setting.
“What sets the whole decoration apart is the extravagant Baccarat Le Roi Soleil Chandelier 24L. The chandelier depicts a Chinese New Year theme with its round form. It truly is a centrepiece of all,” concludes Hendramianto.