Trend Alert: Chinoiserie Chic

Chinoiserie: the imitation or evocation of Chinese motifs and techniques in Western art, furniture, and architecture, especially in the 18th century.

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Some characterstics of Chinoiserie style constists of:

  • Upturned ends on tables
  • Bamboo furniture
  • Garden Stools
  • Ginger Jars 

CHINOISERIE is a French word that means “in the Chinese taste”. It describes a European style of decorative ornament that was wildly popular in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and still looks great today. Scenes of the Orient abound on textiles, wallpapers, pottery, porcelain, and lacquered and painted furniture. Owning a piece of Chinoiserie (or, “japanned” furniture, as some pieces were called) was the height of fashion. The interesting thing about Chinoiserie is the tremendous range and variety of Oriental scenes and fantastical decorative details.

Here are our designer’s top picks:

Here are some other images of Chinoiserie style:

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