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exotic tableware inspiration for your decadent dinner
It’s not just the food that should be the star of the show – make your table look the part too. From Bedoin style to Italian baroque, these globally-inspired trends will give your gathering an exotic feel.
Patterns with a nod to the east add a stylish, bohemian feel to the dining table. Opulent blues, distinctive oriental florals and elaborate lattice patterns are all major statement pieces, encompassing the colourful culture of the silk route. Oriental design cues have always been popular on European tables and restaurants such as The Shard’s Huton are still innovating, ensuring the influence continues.
Mix and match shapes and add a statement centrepiece to your table – perhaps a Chinese-influenced vase, a jade bowl or a simple Japanese textile. The blues and golds of Wedgwood’s Hibiscus soup tureen (£490) are an elegant extension of the archetypal blue and white tableware.
Go for Indian gold
Think heavy, exotic gold. Tableware inspired by the rich cultural heritage of India never really goes out of style: the deep arabesque borders, exotic blossom motifs and pale saffron outlines are design mainstays.
Picture this handcrafted Indian Tortoise Amber Acorn ice bucket (£246) at the table, complemented by deep-toned table linen and gold accents.
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Although the ice bucket is an investment piece, Indian accessories don’t need to be expensive – giving you the chance to layer them for an indulgent look.
Deep drama, a love of the ornate and exuberant romance characterises the Roman baroque style. Whether you opt for a modern, classic style or take a darker, more theatrical direction, this trend is heavy with atmosphere..
Strictly speaking, its inspiration comes from a different movement but the ornate patterns of the Renaissance Gold plate (£33) will blend well with a baroque theme.
Alternatively, lose yourself for hours browsing antiques marketplace Online Galleries‘ huge selection of baroque candelabra, mirrors and accessories.