The spring might be coming to an end, but that didn’t stop Prasetio Budhi from creating a table setting inspired by the colourful palette of the season at Bika in Kemang. The setting was for four people to enjoy a casual sunday brunch. The mixed-motif chairs and the flower arrangements with a garden flair exuded an eclectic vibe as well as the spirit of spring.
“The colours of spring are usually strong, but for this setting I toned them down,” said Budhi. “I used pastel colours. i chose books as ornaments because I wanted to represent Karina Cheung of Bika’s passion for reading. That’s why I named my setting ‘Book Club Sunday Brunch’.
Budhi was also “intrigued by the beautiful, colourful glass of Saint-Louis”, especially the Les Endiablés crystal glasses and champagne flute. Both created by José Levy for the renowned Hermes Group crystal house, the glasses are unique because of their “reversible” design. They look as stunning turned upside down as they do right side up.
The designer used four primary colours for his setting: violet, green, red and blue. “The glass is important because it affected the whole look,” says Budhi. “Compared to cutlery, I think it has more influence on the appearance. You might be creating a casual table setting, but the glassware should still be luxurious and stunning.”
Budhi avoided formality for his setting. In that sense, he used unfinished cotton fabric in broken white instead of a formal table cloth. He placed the fabric unevenly “to create some structure” on the Dahan table. He then scattered a bunch of books and combined them with the little bell-shaped lights of Apollo Votive by Saint-Louis. Designed by Godefroy de Virieu and Stefania Di Petrillo, the lights added an element of playfulness to the setting.
A striking element was a large 5-arm candelabra with Dauphins Hurricanes, also by Saint-Louis, which gave a luxurious and glamorous touch. “The candelabra was the centrepiece. I think it’s always nice to have a candle on the dining table.”
Natasha Roesli of Atelier Fleuri created the flower arrangements. Using a combination of spray roses, sweet peas, dahlias, buttercups and alliums, she created arrangements with a European garden style. She also scattered the flowers on to the setting to enhance the springtime theme. For “something green and a whimsical garden flair”, she used ornamental grasses.
The Alexandre Turpault napkins were in Veronese green. They were wrapped beautifully in Canelle napkin rings by puiforcat, another Hermes Group brand and known for its fine silverwork. The same brand was used for the tableware, the Cercle d’Argent series blending a delicate white porcelain with solid and glossy sterling silver. A ribbon of sterling silver was set on the edge of the porcelain plates. Finally, silver cutlery from ralph Lauren home was set on each side of the plates.
“I would say my signature style is eclectic,” said Budhi in conclusion. “There are no fixed rules to create the perfect table setting, but i do recommend a sense of variation. Don’t be afraid to mix and match. For example, i used different series from the same brand and each chair we used had different motifs. Just free your mind, but don’t forget the main theme.”
Photography Tony Narotama