Chinoiserie Chic

Last week I mentioned in my post (you can see it here) that Chinoiserie will be a big trend this year.  Oriental patterns and designs have influenced Western design since the 17th century, when Europeans became fascinated by “Chinesery”, or as we know it chinoiserie.

Chinoiserie came from the Europeans interpretation of Asian motifs, often an interpretation of what China looked like.  Hence scenes of a Chinese woman holding a parasol with a Parisian hairstyle, or images with pagodas and exotic monkeys, birds, etc.

I have always been a fan of Chinoiserie and used many pieces in my clients’ homes.  Chinoiserie has a classic style that transcends and has transcended time.  It works well with traditional interiors as well as contemporary.  And I am truly enjoying the resurgence of the pattern with a contemporary twist as well.  Are you a fan of Chinoiserie?  If so, do you prefer just an accent of it or prefer a larger impact statement?

Vining Design Associates
Brunschwig and Fils introduced their new collection Le Jardin Chinois Fabric Collection.
Brunschwig & Fils

Designer: Kim Alexandriuk
Traditional Home
Designer: Alex Papachristidis’s Manhattan apartment entry.
Elle Decor, photographer Richard Powers
Oriental influenced box at Global Views this past market.
Global Views
Again, designer Alex Papachristidis’s Manhattan apartment living room
Elle Decor, photographer Richard Powers
Display of varying urns and vases from Chelsea House Inc
Chelsea House
Designer: Sara Story
Traditional Home
Gorgeous Chinoiserie cabinet from Global Views.
Global Views
Vining Design Associates
Great modernized approach to the traditional Chinoiserie print, Asian Scenic by York Wallcoverings.
York Wallcoverings
The home of designer Valentino Garavani where he celebrates his passion for all things Chinese.  To see all the images in his home and the article click here.  Below are 2 images from his home, Chateau de Wideville.
Architectural Digest, photographer Simon Watson
Architectural Digest, photographer Simon Watson
Here is another gorgeous wallcovering from the luxurious company, Fromental–Sylvaner in gunpowder. If you missed my post on this fabulous company, click here.


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  • Teresa at Splendid Sass January 8, 2013, 5:11 pm

    I am in love with the gunmetal wallpaper, and the dining room you designed is one of my all time favorite, Donna.
    Every room here is amazing and I am pinning away.
    Happy Tuesday.

  • Nancy January 8, 2013, 9:14 pm

    We’re nuts about blue and white porcelain over here, and your images are so gorgeous! Love the red and white pottery too.
    xo Nancy


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