Colorful, vibrant, whimsical and elegant are just a few of the words often used to describe Oriente Italiano.
This wildly popular pattern by Ginori 1735
was designed by the Italian architect Gio Ponti in 1946. He was inspired by 18th Century Florentine and Far Eastern Ceramics. The stylized floral design features a Garafano carnation and the subtly scalloped edges lend a whimsical touch to this stunningly colorful porcelain.
Crafted in Italy, these beautiful dinnerware pieces have a timeless appeal.
They have a rich history but how do we style them today?
Since my first post about Oriente Italiano
, I have received so many wonderful questions from clients about how to style these beautiful pieces, where to start on a collection and how to mix it in with pieces you already have. I love getting these questions from you!
I played around with our first shipment of Oriente Italiano
and came up with these combinations that I hope you will enjoy and that might inspire you to start a collection.
The photo above, taken by Victoria Pearson for Traditional Home, was styled by me for a story produced by Krissa Rossbund. The centerpiece here was a giant silver punch bowl filled with green vegetables like Asparagus as our story was highlighting my book, Parties Around a Punch Bowl.
The real highlight of the table setting was the layering of blue and white topped off by the Oriente Italiano Malachite Dinner Plate.
The idea here is that you don't need to mix your Ginori 1735 only with other Ginori patterns. Here we layered it over a Blue Lace Charger by Mottahedeh
. All of the Oriente Italiano patterns that have blue in them look wonderful over the Blue Lace!
Of course, all of the colors and sizes look wonderful mixed together. Here are a few examples of ways that I like to mix and match them!
In this photo by Ginori 1735 we see three layers - so pretty! Iris Charger, Malachite Dinner Plate
, Porpora Salad/Dessert Plate.
Notice that the Iris and Porpora plates have a gold rim but the Malachite does not. Both styles can go in the dishwasher (as long as you avoid cleaning products with citrus) and I think they mix beautifully together.
The same plates are shown here in a more casual look over a block print tablecloth by Amanda Lindroth.