I studied fashion in school and like most people, very little of what I studied ever comes back to help me in my day-to-day life. The only exception is the semester that I spent in a class called History of Textiles & Costumes. I don't think a week goes by that I don't call upon something that I learned in that class. Although it was a fashion history class, it was taught from the perspective of how fashion is influenced by other design of the day, like art and architecture.
That semester I learned about Bauhouse, Art Deco, Mod, and so many more design styles. All of this information informs much of the work that I do now.
Paul and I often stand back and look at our most recent furniture and decor acquisitions and will notice trends. Lately that trend has been Chinoiserie.
Chinoiserie isn't new, it's been around since the 18th century, but it's making a comeback lately as interiors become more eclectic. Decades ago, when you decided on a decorating style for a room or your entire home, you would faithfully stick to the chosen style.
Today, interiors mix and match, antique mixes with mid-century, arts & crafts with brutalism, anything goes! So, it isn't surprising that so many lovely chinoiserie items are making their way into our spaces.
From wallpaper to vases, side tables to sofas, chinoiserie is showing up everywhere.
As you can see, a dash of chinoiserie can really add a little exotic splash to just about any room. Look around, maybe a bamboo side table, a blue and white vase, or a Chinese red buffet could find a home in your home!
We're Paul and Johanna and we write about our life in the furniture business. The things we love, the places we go, and the treasures we find along the way.