On the heels of debuting a redecorated family dining room at the White House, Michelle Obama has unveiled the brand new Obama state china service, which will be deployed for the first time at the Japan State Dinner tomorrow night. The 11-piece place setting, which Apartment Therapy got to preview last week, consists of white china adorned with bands of a white relief pattern featuring pinwheels and palm fronds, matte gold, and a bright "Kailua blue" inspired by the waters seen in President Obama's home state of Hawaii.
The design process, which the first lady kicked off in 2011, was a collaboration with her close friend, designer Michael S. Smith, who also decorated the Oval Office and the Obamas' residential quarters. FLOTUS also consulted with White House staff to figure out how the new service can best complement the china collection built up from previous presidencies. The "covered soup tureen" (↓), for example, is a first for the White House and could potentially be adapted to serve ice cream as well. Apartment Therapy has the full story and more photos.
· First Look! Obama State China Pattern Reveal at the White House: Kailua Blue & Beautiful [Apartment Therapy]
· Michelle Obama Modernizes a Fusty White House Dining Room [Curbed National]