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100 Stories:“It takes a lot for people to trust you, so treat their trust like precious porcelain.”

Decorative ‘show plates’ have been in use in fine dining restaurants since the 19th century. The etiquette varies but normally the plate is used to create a gorgeous look for the table when guests arrive.

The design is usually to complement the dining service.

lebua CEO, Deepak Ohri’s vision for the design of the charger plates at Chef’s Table however, was slightly different. He was inspired by the thousands of neoclassical curved balconies on the façade of State Tower. He says: “I wanted something that directly reflected the iconic architecture of the world’s first vertical destination. So, I scribbled some designs down on paper, including The Dome, and sent that for interpretation to a porcelain maker in Limoges.”

Naturally, for Chef’s Table, only the very finest quality would do. Deepak selected J.L Coquet and Jaune de Chrome, a “Living Heritage Company” of “Porcelaine de Limoges”. No strangers to bespoke projects they have created unique designs for the most famous restaurants in the world. Just what was needed!

Quality porcelain has been around for a long time. It was invented in China around the 7th century. But it wasn’t until the 18 century, in the French city of Limoges, that the Chinese secrets were revealed: mineral deposits, kaolin, feldspar & quartz, were found in the local clay. Fired at very high temperature (around 1400 °C.) this combination forms the immediately recognisable translucence and impenetrable glaze of Limoges porcelain.

But the end result of creating the Limoges porcelain; is just the beginning of the final process… Finally, it is skilled artists and the French flair for art and design that sets the standard that other porcelain producers struggle to emulate.

And to create Deepak’s plate was, naturally, not without challenges…

To be continued