The circle is a well-known convivial shape, it is the shape used when dining in groups and in most business meetings. The circle shape doesn’t have a start-end point, thus it represents unity and infinity. It is a protective sign, what’s in the circle stays in and what’s outside the circle will have difficulties coming in. The circle is the symbol of the sun, planet and stars and its influence is stellar.
In Chinese symbology, the circle represents heaven and the square represents earth. A square inside of a circle in Chinese art represents the union between heaven and earth. The yin yang symbol we all know so well is circular and it translates in duality with unified balance.
The debate in my last dining room remodeling project was about a square or circle shaped dining table. For long years my clients got used to the square-shaped table. Their table style was outdated and didn’t fit the shape of the new room. Once I talked about these few points I mentioned above and a prospect to sit more friends to dine with them, they agreed the round table was the way to go.
This is a very nice couple well-established in their union and their way of life who have a studious approach to new ideas. The couple doesn’t make decision on the spot or even in a short-term. The couple approaches new ideas as something that must be digested, pondered, discussed, studied in and out in all the angles until they both are overwhelmed and when finally can’t take it anymore involve me to finalize the decisions.
I opted to go with a circle glass table and circle back Molly chairs versus the more traditional dining chairs seen in every house I am invited to. BTW, at another project, I used the same Molly chairs with a glass square table for the same principle of the square inside the circle, representing heaven and earth. It went so well with that young couple, so different from one another and so unified.
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I can’t show pictures yet, the dining room is still in the making and not totally finished. The kitchen leading into the dining room is completed and because it is more beautifully than they expected, clients refuse to cook in it. They say the risk of making it dirty is high. Wasn’t the idea of remodeling the kitchen to have a better, comfortable space to cook in? I don’t understand. Now the kitchen is beautiful, clean and lonely, like getting dressed up and have no place to go. The result so far is very happy clients, but I am still waiting to get an invitation for a dinner they cooked with their hands.
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Valentina Cirasola has been a lifetime designer in fashion and interiors. Her extensive knowledge of colors and materials led her in both directions successfully. She is well-know for designing custom furniture. She cares to make spacious and functional pieces, but she doesn’t forget to introduce the element of surprise, sinuous lines, attractive shapes and colors in the style fit for each of her special clients. She is the author of ©RED – A Voyage Into Colors. Check out her books on