Wednesday, July 20, 2011

WEDDING ESSENTIALS JULY- DECEMBER 2011 ISSUE

Long before we ventured into the wedding industry, we have always been a huge fan of design. Graphics, furniture, product labels, fonts, architecture, fabric, aircraft, home products, even broadsheet layout: name it, we have been deeply interested in it at one point in our life. That is why when Wedding Essentials magazine asked us to dress up a 12-seater long table, we didn't need to look far for inspiration.

We have always been a fan of Piero Fornasetti, an Italian painter, sculptor, interior designer, and engraver. While he has a vast collection of work to his name, he is best known in the design world for his series on Lina Cavalieri, an Italian operatic soprano who was renowned both for her beauty and her voice. Lina was already 39 when Piero was born in 1913, but she eventually became his work's major inspiration when he saw a photo of her in a magazine. He eventually made 500 variations of her face which made their way into different items like vases, plates, chairs, & even wall paper (there used to be a Cavalieri wall in Heima Cubao, but it wasn't there anymore during our last visit.)
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Fornasetti used black, white, browns, and greens a lot and these are what we eventually chose for our table's color scheme. To bring out the rich color of the two-tone New Zealand Hydrangeas, we used a solid black tablecloth broken in the middle by a black-and-white striped runner.

As a nod to Fornasetti's Classicism bent, we used concrete finials moulded in the artichoke pattern, one of the most recognizable objects in interior design (artichokes were cultivated in Naples in the 9th century). Half of the finials are in raw concrete, half were white washed. To add character to the Hydrangea, we added cobalt Eryngium & orange Carthamus tinctorius thistles, and bright green Anastasia Chrysanthemum.
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Top L-R: The same striped runner was used to cover the chair cushions; a simple cream tassel was used to adorn the back of the white Tiffany chairs. The candle holders carry various versions of Cavalieri's face. The pattern was printed on parchment paper for that frosted effect. The green flowers gave the setup its life. CENTER: Each guest was assigned a character's name from world literature; in this case, Scarlett O'Hara, framed in a leather place-card holder. BOTTOM L-R: Concrete finials in the artichoke pattern broke the monotony. Complimenting the finials, artichokes were likewise placed in the center of the soup bowls; vintage-y plates were used to channel the Classicism vibe. Four black glass candelabra with tapered beeswax candles completed and added drama to the setup.
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Location: Dusit Thani Manila
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Photographer: Aldwin Aspillera
Check his works here: Enoxx Wedding Art
Email: acaspilleraphoto@gmail.com
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Know more about Piero Fornasetti here. See his creations here.

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