Floral Idea of the Week (03)

Table decoration
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Small invitation to the big red

Decoration for a narrow table or a buffet.

Perhaps you have discovered one or two new wineries, whose wines you relish, and you would like to introduce a few friends to them. To give the informal invitation to the small wine tasting a stylish ambiance, an atmospheric floral arrangement is highly apt. For a narrow rectangular table, on a sideboard in the background, or as an accompaniment to a small snack buffet this elongated, fence-like arrangement with its low depth is particularly ideal.

The reusable wooden frame can be re-decorated according to event and season. A bronzenet is tied into it, externally reinforced with 18 gauge stub wires to give it some tension, with reed woven in parallels into it. Tubes are then best attached to it, into which elegant flowers can be set in red and violet. While primroses, violas and heuchera reflect the dark tones of a rich bodied red wine, the polyanthus roses and calla provide soft pink accents.

The wooden frame can be left in its natural state, or stained or varnished, to change its colour and thus also the statement it makes. The height of the frame should not exceed 25cm, so as to not interfere with the field of vision – at least if the piece is placed on a table.

Season: Late spring.

Impression: Elegant. Regal. Modern.

Design elements:
Form: Rectangle standing upright.
Colours: Tints, tones and shades of redviolet and green. Yellow.
Textures: Silky. Porcelain like. Velvety.
Movements: Playful. Striving upwards. Striving upwards with a round/domed ending and unfolding to one side. Swinging out.
Structure: Rectangular frame with a vertically structured mat.

Design categories:
Symmetrical. Decorative. Overlapping. Several points of emergence with single outputs. Horizontally directed. Varied density.

Design principles:
Dominance of movements and colours. Extended proportion. Monochromatic harmony. Light-dark-contrast. Complementary contrast. Contrast of movements.

Floral materials: Rosa Cultivars. Primula x pubescens. Viola wittrockiana. Jasminum polyanthum. Muehlenbeckia complexa. Heuchera x brizoides. Zantedeschia rehmannii. Reed. Xanthorrhoea australis.

Nonfloral materials: Wooden frame. Bronze net. Raffia. Paper covered reel wire. Stub wire.

Containers: Test tubes.

Work processes: Making the shape. Placing in tubes.

Techniques: Wrapping with floral materials. Sewing up with wire. Interweaving in the lattice. Attaching.

More information about this theme:
The textbook “100 Floral Ideas for the Convivial Table” by Brigitte Heinrichs und Jürgen Potthoff described  in detail all works of table decoration. So the reader can follow the basic design decisions about form, colour, texture, structure and movements, but also about the categories of design in all their particulars. The used floral and nonfloral materials are listed. The reader lerns for which occasions the floral works are suitable and get many helpful hints.