Dec 12, 2017

Stylish, untraditional Christmas table settings by stylish, untraditional tastemakers

Taxidermy and fruit can make for a surprisingly festive table

Tracie Anglo-Dizon, a painter and travel curator, doesn’t believe in the holiday cliche of red and white. “My Christmas setting is inspired by nature and color but I wanted it to be glamorous, not rustic.”

On her table, you won’t find Santa perched on a green napkin atop a red plate. Instead, Tracie combines color and texture for an unexpected yet festive effect. “I use shiny stuff and taxidermy with melamine plates by John Derian for a touch of irreverence, Ilocano textile by Balay ni Atong used as tablecloth, taxidermy birds by Anatomie, black hand-embroidered napkins by a GK community.”

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Tracie Anglo-Dizon: Taxidermy and chill


Soothe sayer

Interior decorator Nix Alanon went a more soothing route as a counter to the blindingly bold optics often encountered during the holiday season. A visual riposte to the heavy-handed use of glitter and shine, Nix opted for “a more contemporary take that is more natural and organic.”

“Is there anything more beautiful and fresh than nature itself?” he asks. The decorator mixed elements from warm locales (placemat from Bali, dinner and salad plates from Thailand, wood dipping bowl from Africa) and local retailers (charger from Pietro, napkin from H&M, cutlery from Crate & Barrel, goblet from Manila House, and agate coaster from his own shop). His most local accessory? “An apple from the market.”

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Nix Alanon: Course of nature



For classically-trained chef Rebecca Disini-Alimurung, who studied at Le Cordon Bleu London and Paris, her table is inspired by the numerous countries she’s called home—from Bangkok to London.

“My tablescape is a travelogue of life lived,” says Rebecca. “First, the countries I have lived in: the 1840s Creil-Montereau Faïence plates from Paris, the crystal from London, the tablecloth from Bangkok, and the handmade napkin from Kuala Lumpur. Second, a reminder of those whose paths led to mine: the two sets of silverware are from my parents and from my husband’s grandparents. A sense of space and a sense of place.”

Rebecca, a patissier famous for her Ooh la la mirror cakes, thinks the table setting sets the tone for the meal. “As for the menu, I’d serve locally-sourced ingredients cooked with classical French techniques and naturally finish it off with something sweet from Ooh la la!”

This holiday is particularly special for this newlywed. “This is my first holiday with my husband so his company will make it special and worth all the festivities.”

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Rebecca Disini-Alimurung: Travel broadens the mind… and the table setting.

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Bea Ledesma

Bea Ledesma is the group publisher of Hinge Inquirer and a columnist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer. She has a dog named George, and spends much of her leisure time photographing him while he naps. You can see more of her dog photos on her Instagram @bealedesma.