Hygge, a Danish concept for creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people, informs this table setting by Republic of Fritz Hansen and Blubells, writes Liviani Putri.
White was chosen as the main colour for this family-dining table-setting concept created by Meliana, Decorator and Creative Director of Blubells, and Caroline Susilo, General Manager for Republic of Fritz Hansen in Indonesia. The idea was to bring “hygge feelings” to the dining table.
Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying good things in life with good people. “Hygge is an important elements for Danish people,” Caroline explained. “It’s a feeling that when people enter a room, it feels like home. This was the ambience that we wanted to bring to the dining table – something that’s not too extravagant. We want people to feel comfortable and cosy. We want to bring hominess to it. The informal, home-style cooking were chosen to make the dining experience more comfortable.”
The contemporary spirit of simplicity and cosiness is reflected through three master design elements in white and wood: the Carrera PK 54 table designed by Poul Kjærholm and made with raw marble from Italy to create texture; the Concert Light designed by John Utzon, the architect of Sydney Opera House; and the Grand Prix Chair, designed by Anne Jacobsen in 1957. The candle holder and Ikebana Vase, designed by Jaime Hayon, are made from 100 percent solid brass.
“The decorations use dried flowers because I wanted to bring another design perspective,” Meliana said. “Dried flowers are easy to be arrange. They are low-maintenance and ever-lasting. Since the Ikebana Vase is transparent, I chose a loose arrangement because it’s good to be able to see the whole flowers.”
Added Caroline: “The other elements are a combination of personal collectables, like accessories we bought from the flea market in Paris, an heirloom from our parents, with new collections. This table-setting concept is a combination of things you have loved, bought and inherited. I would say it’s about bringing family memories to the table.”
A cashmere throw by Fritz Hansen Objects gives a different slant to the setting. “People want to feel warm and comfortable when they’re eating, especially when the cold days come,” Caroline said. “Why cashmere? Because it is light but warm material, and also it’s part of the Danish people and the hygge lifestyle.”
The tableware collection and tea set are from the Vera Wang Castillon for Wedgwood. The plate colours are gold and grey to emphasise the earthy natural tone. The gold echoes to the colour of the candle holder and vase, while the grey matches the table. The cutlery come from the Serena Vechio Cutlery collection, selected for their sleek shapes. The wine and water glasses are by Schott Zwiesel and Finesse glass.