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For June, 2010

I love hosting dinners!  Hosting is something that our entire family enjoys all year round, and getting pieces that will make my table look exquisite and unique really excites me.  With our tableware that is created by artists who are designing more than just a plate to eat on, every piece has been designed to make a lasting impression on the guest at your dinner party.  They are something that will instantly bring a smile to the face of the hostess and the guest at a formal or informal gathering.  They add pizazz and inspiration to any tabletop!

Indulgent Tableware that leaves a lasting impression

We are always approached by clients who are looking for unique gifts for their high profile customers. Some of these gifts are targeted at CEOs who literally can afford anything. They want to know what will constantly remind the recipient of them. The gift also should not be chucked aside.

Here are a few tips:

If you are giving to an individual, it will be best to give him something that he can use or like. For example, think about “what is his hobby?”, “What is his favourite colour?”, “what does he have (or not have) on his desk in the office?”

Even better, personalize it to ensure that he remembers you everytime he sees or uses your gift!

My client, Ho Printing, has done this subtly by giving a notelet holder which was exclusively designed for them. The bamboo on the holder is associated with good fortune, success and wealth in the Chinese culture, which is linked to the plant’s quick growth and longevity. Additionally, the Bamboo plant has become the traditional symbol for friendship in India.

With the company logo located on the design, it reminds the recipient about the giver.

To further add a touch of exclusivity and personalization, the name of the receipient is printed on each notepad paper sheet. The gift was not expensive, but much thought has been put into it.

For other gift ideas to the client / friend who can afford everything, click here.

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Cherry Blossom Adrift
Pink petals passing, Scents above so high
Painted porcelain perfection, Blossoms caress the sky

Swaying silent shroud, Suitors strolling by
Pink petals passing, Lover’s gentle sigh

Pastel hues falling, Slow fluttering grace
Pink petals passing, Lining streams in lace

Pink petals passing, Smoothest transit by
Soft essence floating, In most subtle lullaby

Inducing springtime slumber, Upon a satin shore
Sailing with the current, Pink petals pass before

 Mary Fumento 1999Taken in Tokyo in March 2008.

Cherry Blossom

 Cherry blossom is the name for the flower of cherry trees known otherwise as, Sakura and they are indigenous to several countries such as Japan, Korea and China. This flower has a very significant meaning to Japan. It symbolizes clouds due to their nature of blooming and they are also an enduring metaphor of life which is an aspect of the Japanese culture that is associated to the Buddha teachings. Most importantly, to the Japanese, cherry blossom is an omen of good fortune and is also an emblem of love, affection and represents spring.

I fell in love with these flowers the moment I saw them in Japan and I was determined to come up with an entire collection on its own. I can’t find any words to describe how much I love them and as I’m writing this, I’m imagining myself lying under these flowers enjoying the gorgeous view.

 One word to describe, “beautiful”!.

 Here are some of the lacquered products I have designed according to the theme and I am proud to say that this is one of the collection that is the best selling, yet!

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Click here to view rest of Cherry Blossom collection

Pondering over the perfect gift to give your foreign business partner? I would suggest the most suitable corporate gift for them has to be something that is related to Singapore so as to leave a deep impression.


What else other than our national flower, Vanda Miss Joaquim!

Have you ever wondered how did the Orchid become our national flower? It all started with a lady named, Agnes Joaquim.

“Born in Singapore on 7 April 1854, Agnes was the eldest daughter of Parsick and Urelia Joaquim. Agnes and other family members took a keen interest in horticulture, winning many prizes in the annual flower shows. In April 1899, Agnes showed her hybrid orchid which naturally gained a First Prize. Sadly within three months she was dead having succumbed to illness. Her orchid however, spread like wildfire throughout the tropics and became very popular in Hawaii. In 1981, the orchid was chosen as the national flower of Singapore.” Extracted from Wikipedia

With this, the orchid – Vanda Miss Joaquim, has a very significant value and meaning to Singapore as it represents our country, thus, I believe it would be significant as a gift to your corporate business partners, especially if they are from other countries. They will not only bring back just simply a gift, but also a piece of Singapore back with them.

Here are some of Qua’s desk collection that I would recommend as a gift to your foreign business partners!

Orchid - Red Collection (LBP-023)
Click here to view rest of Orchid collection