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Gilded Cage

Chinoiserie has always been a hallmark of the Kim Seybert style. We’ve expounded on the Chinese blue and white theme in myriad ways – fully beaded as coasters, printed on melamine plates, and richly detailed on table runners that recall the earliest days of its influence in Europe via the Dutch East India Company.

And while the blue and white theme has an enduring appeal (we love it so much it’s become a staple), we’ve created it this time in a rich palette of golds and russets and coppers to better suit your festive autumn tables.

Why settle for a clichéd and expected Thanksgiving table when you can give it an unexpected and fabulous twist? At Kim Seybert we prefer elegance and glamour over the kitschy and unimaginative when it comes to table settings, especially around the holidays.

Consider the pagoda-inspired Pavilion Placemat. The Chinese architectural form is rendered in a glorious mix of sparkly beads that would reflect chandelier and candle lighting oh so glamorously.

Complementing the Pavilion placemat is our set of Indochine Cocktail Napkinsgold-edged linen is embroidered with a variety of Chinese-inspired themes like ginger jars, birdcages, dragons and parasols.

Add more interest to your table by mixing in the lattice style Indochine Charger in a gilded faux bamboo finish. In this alternative Thanksgiving set up, we used the bamboo fretwork inspired chargers with the Flux Napkin Ring in Gold on the Divot Napkin in White & Gold for dinner guests. The Pavilion placemats at the heads paired with the Flare Napkin Ring in Gold & Emerald on the Ming Border Napkin in Beige & Brown add contrast and visual interest, both serving as glorious backdrops for our Shakti Crackle Dinner Plate and Halo Dessert Plate in Opal.

Our Gold Crackle Goblets and Tumblers shimmer like specks of gold borrowed from an antique lacquered coromandel screen and heighten the sense of importance of the table.

And to finish off, we’ve upped the ante with our floral arrangements and did away with everyday vases. Instead, birdcages were used as vessels for an explosion of dahlias, roses and tulips, creating both an arresting image and a conversation piece.

All these call to mind the fanciful and hyper stylized perception of the East that was all the rage in Europe in the 1700s. A style that continues to inspire decorators and designers like Kim Seybert centuries later.


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