“Tablescap­ing is an art form,” she says. “There are no fixed rules, but proper cu­rat­ing is key"

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If Jo's ta­ble set­ting ra­di­ates time­less, un­der­stated el­e­gance, Cyndi’s Dark Ro­mance ta­ble apes an evening soiree at a well-ap­pointed London manse. She sets a ta­ble that adds a touch of rich­ness, even a hint of deca­dence, to any event. Against a back­ground of mid­night blue, an el­e­gant mix of fine porce­lain, cut­lery and crys­tal gleams upon a ta­ble laid out for a fes­tive fam­ily din­ner, per­haps.

“I was think­ing of an in­ti­mate gath­er­ing for my own fam­ily,” she ex­plains. “I of­ten make par­ties or style ta­bles for prom­i­nent in­di­vid­u­als as part of my work, so I wanted to do some­thing for my fam­ily at home.”

As man­ag­ing de­sign part­ner in Moss Manila De­sign House, Cyndi is no stranger to trans­form­ing even the sim­plest places into mag­nif­i­cent venues for mem­o­rable events. In­deed, her pres­ti­gious ros­ter of clients in­cludes Swiss watch­maker Breguet for which she de­vised a mag­nif­i­cent Belle Epoque Paris-in­spired din­ner set­ting to cel­e­brate the ar­rival of its vice-pres­i­dent, Martin Ganz.

For her darkly ro­man­tic set­ting, she has decked out the ta­ble with vin­tage din­ner­ware sport­ing dis­tinc­tively elab­o­rate pat­terns matched with sil­ver from Hamp­tons Forge. Gold-chased wa­ter gob­lets from Möet add a hint of wel­come deca­dence, as if Queen Vic­to­ria her­self was to dine; cham­pagne flutes by Luigi Bormi­oli are also on hand for cel­e­bra­tory toasts. Ta­ble linens feature dark, heavy fab­rics paired with starched black nap­kins; other ac­cent items are metal­lic, adding hints of gold and brass to en­hance the over­all sense of opulence.

The for­mal­ity of the ta­ble is, how­ever, off­set by Cyndi’s more nat­u­ral, even rus­tic, flower ar­range­ments. Deep scar­let and crim­son blooms are set across the space in bowls and vases, evok­ing pas­sion, ro­mance and vi­tal­ity. Here, she uses winered pe­onies, Ecuado­rian roses in a more ro­bust shade, and equally showy red tulips; eu­ca­lyp­tus twigs and misty blue fillers are in­ter­spersed through­out the ar­range­ments to add a calm­ing ac­cent to bal­ance the pow­er­ful reds.

Cyndi has some point­ers for those who want to trans­form their own ta­bles from mun­dane to mag­nif­i­cent. “Tablescap­ing is an art form,” she says. “There are no fixed rules, but proper cu­rat­ing is key. Each item, whether flo­ral or non-flo­ral, needs to serve a pur­pose. Learn­ing to com­bine ma­te­ri­als and tex­tures helps to add di­men­sion and bal­ance to a ta­blescape. Over­all, it is about edit­ing and en­sur­ing that there is just the right amount of each el­e­ment to achieve a taste­ful aes­thetic.”

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