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PARIS-At the chic Galeries Lafayette department store here, Bernardaud's Fusion dinnerware collection was artfully displayed in museum-style fashion during an exclusive exposition titled: "Fusion Tables and Trends for the Year 2000: The Table Services for the Third Millennium."

The exposition, which ran from May 21 to June 23, presented select pieces from the Fusion collection in five different table settings. The displays illustrated the diverse uses of the line for what Bernardaud calls, "the tables of tomorrow."

The Fusion collection is a series of porcelain pieces that combine Eastern shapes with Western design elements.

Based on comprehensive, international research conducted for the creation of the collection, Bernardaud envisions the third millennium to reflect an emerging, multiethnic cultural trend.

According to a statement, ". . . Bernardaud enters the 2lst century with a new proposition for entertaining to integrate multicultural influences of Eastern and Western origin . . . The Fusion Collection is defined by pure lines, original forms and harmonious colors . . . [It] can adapt itself to any cuisine form . . . "

The line pays homage to "cuisines du monde," or "cuisines of the world," according to the point-of-sale material near the display. "The fusion concept expresses itself as a work of culinary art. ..." Promotional pamphlets featured recipes inspired by East-meets-West fusion cooking, what Bernardaud calls one of the most powerful restaurant cuisine trends today in the United States.
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Author:Thau, Barbara
Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
Date:Jun 28, 1999
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