INFLUX / JUXTAPOSITION

 

Extremely fashionable art from China, such as porcelain, silk, and lacquerware. is an influence on European designers and craftsmen to create their own versions of the East artifacts. This trend of 18th century, sometimes criticised as Chimera, is known as ‘Chinoserie’. 

An intimate space of Mandarin Oriental has a potential to create attractive visual sequence for guests who attended the reception. 

Second floor foyer, which could access from the lobby through the staircase, is placed with a welcome table, decorating with red flowers. From the registration area, an only entering to the ballroom is through the narrow tunnel, in which PHKA wrapped with brown fabric and had hundreds of tassels in various shades hanged from above.  

White flowers in the middle, with monochrome Chinoserie-inspired illustration on both sides, makes a serene backdrop for photographing. Colourful flowers, cherry blossom, Chrysanthemum, sprey roses, Mei flower etc., and symmetrical-placed fishtails in copper were placed on the top of the backdrop to touch up the overall look.

Also, cake table is surrounded with fishtails in the same manner as on backdrop. This is an aim to create the linkage of identity between an invitation, registration area, pre-function area, and inside the ballroom. 

Chinese shelves is introduced lately in the design process, after we took several efforts in finding the right approach for a stage backdrop design. Slim vases, containing cherry-blossom and Calla lily, were placed on the different heights of shelves, unexpectedly creating another stunning element for the space.

Typographic design, invitation design, souvenir packaging design, bouquet, boutonniere, corsage, and gallery are completed by PHKA in this occasion. 

 

Location : Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
Supervisor : Likhit Jiwvisesna (PHKA)
Head Florist : Borirak Larjomjai
Photographer : Pavitra Phornthanavarsit
3D modelling and calculation : Marisa Charusilawong, FabSmith
Illustrator : Narinthorn Wattanakulung