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Dish for Dish’s Sake

Anna Zhong 2018-04-11 09:42

The dining table overflowing with delicious food is a tiny world – a world that accumulates the essence of art: the fine cuisines embody the excellent cookery; the delicious wine comes from the wash of time; and the refined tableware represents the level and depth of personal aesthetics. As the saying goes, dish for dish’s sake. From time to time, the ability to appreciate overpowers the ability to taste, while whether the dishes are “pretty” enough contributes a lot to the overall perfection of a dining experience!

Among the glorious world of tableware, each style gets its proper place. Whether it’s the classical Chinese style, the implicitly and exquisitely designed Japanese style, the sophisticated and luxurious Western European ones, or their simplistic unadorned Northern European counterparts, they highlight the dining table.

 

Chinese Style

 The classical Chinese style tableware best embodies the profundity and charm of Chinese culture. The “blue-and-white” porcelain takes advantage of the white texture to present the shading effect of blue gaze and leaves a philosophical, artistic touch. The yellow-toned dishes are featured with the “lucky cloud” and flying dragons to show the majestic air of ancient emperors, while the red-toned dishes stand as the vibrant participants, often accompanied by peonies, cameos and other fabulous flowers as decoration. Simple graphic brings deep meanings. The brightness and mildness of the porcelain match with the evenly laced golden lines. Eventually the antique, delicate and elegant tone blends harmoniously with the joyful image.

 

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 Japanese Style

The most representative Japanese cuisine philosophy must be the Kaiseki-Ryori. Even a tiny piece of tofu, or a slice of vegetable, can be elevated to a level of artistry.

Japanese tableware is usually simply designed which offers a comfortable and soothing feeling. Thus the tableware fully absorbs the essence of Japanese dining culture and creates an artistic environment with the dishes, the seats, the garden, the scroll paintings and the vases. The porcelain dishes contribute most to the overall effect, with various shapes and colours: the dishes are painted with natural imageries, for instance the pine trees, bamboos and plum trees set an extraordinary picture of refinement, artistry and craftsmanship.

Elements that convey national characteristics, for example, sakura, zephyr, waves, setting sun, flower blossoms and ears of wheat, are widely applied to present what Japanese style is enriched with.

 

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Western European Style

In Balzac’s literature world, whether the fantastic banquet sketches in Le Bal de Sceaux or the daily meals in ordinary households, all feature with luxurious and delicate details engraved on French style tableware.

Sprinkled with intricate Rococo carvings on the fringe, or inlaid with golden rings, or the splendid vintage patterns spreading all over the centre, the dishes play the possibilities of design to its fullest extent. Accompanied by silver forks, knives and spoons, and the charming coffee pot, you wouldn’t miss the strong air of aristocratic romance, like taking you back to the glory days of Versailles.


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Besides the extravagant French tableware, in Italy, Britain, and Germany many high-end brands also offer marvellous products and lead the industry fashion. Their common point is, that they’re good at interpreting the luxury of tableware in their unique and creative designs.

 

Northern European Style

IKEA’s simplicity and talent are well embodied in Northern European style home appliances. The style is unsophisticated but fashionable and succeeds in presenting a world of fairy tales. The light colour dishes for example in white or beige, are featured with patterns of forests, cottage houses, cartoons, totems or waves. All these elements aim at creating a crystal-clear and pure world of dreams.


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Wood and porcelain are the more environment-friendly materials. They not only eliminate unnecessary decorations and keep the simplistic tone, but also infuse a natural, concise, yet delightful touch to the tableware.


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