Chi­nese in­spi­ra­tion

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Did New Year pass you by? Take two, by get­ting into the mood for Chi­nese New Year (which this year falls on 16 Fe­bru­ary) and take in­spi­ra­tion from Chi­nese porce­lain. Ostin­dia – which has been voted “Ser­vice of the Cen­tury” – is a Swedish clas­sic made by Rörstrand

(the sec­ond old­est porce­lain man­u­fac­turer in Europe after Meis­sen) that owes its ex­is­tence to an orig­i­nal Chi­nese de­signed porce­lain that was found in a Swedish ship that sank in some­what mys­te­ri­ous cir­cum­stances in 1745 just out­side the port of Gothen­burg after hav­ing suc­cess­fully sailed all the way from China (a round trip took be­tween 1.5 and 2 years!) A frag­ment of the porce­lain got to the Rörstrand fac­tory and in­spired the col­lec­tion that be­gan in the 1930s. In 2012, Fin­nish de­signer Caro­line Slotte was asked to up­date Ostin­dia, and the Ostin­dia Floris ser­vice was be­gun – you can tell which is which be­cause the Floris de­sign has much denser fo­liage. An el­e­gant way to start the Year of the Dog!

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