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G20 tableware inspired by West Lake landscape

By Gu Xin
G20 tableware inspired by West Lake landscape
Tableware to be used at G20 welcome dinner. (Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn)

A set of tableware specifically designed for the G20 Summit welcome dinner in Hangzhou was inspired by the serene waters and beautiful natural landscape of West Lake.

Soft yet solid strokes of traditional Chinese brushwork depict Hangzhou as it exists against an emerald green undertone.

The team also took table settings into account. Appetizers will be presented on a dish covered with a dome-like cover, inspired by Three Ponds Mirroring the Moon, an attraction at West Lake.

G20 tableware inspired by West Lake landscape
A plate to be used at G20 welcome dinner. (Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn)

Tea at the dinner will be served in lotus-like ceramic cups, lined up gracefully on a bridge-like holder.

G20 tableware inspired by West Lake landscape
A tea set to be used at G20 welcome dinner. (Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn)

The soup bowl is inspired by treasure ships on the Maritime Silk Road. The double layer design is also practical, preventing heat loss, thus preserving the full aroma and taste of the dish.

Zhao Chunyang, the head of the design team, said they began working on the tableware in May, 2015. A total of 16 sets of designs were made. It took four months to design and create samples and 10 months to manufacture.

G20 tableware inspired by West Lake landscape
An artist works on a G20 tableware. (Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn)
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