Trend Lives On
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Six years ago, I wrote a paper about the centuries-old style phenomenon, chinoiserie (a French term for Asian-inspired design favored in the West). This "Trend Alert" tear sheet, above, from Elle Decor, circa 2000, was inserted to show that Asian influences seemed stronger than ever in the new millennium. Yesterday the page fell out of an old box, and I've been thinking about how chinoiserie has become a bigger craze since the magazine feature first appeared.
More evidence from past posts below: Emma Roig's fresh Kensington dining room, photographed by Simon Upton for Elle Decor, April 2007; Interior design by Blathnaid Behan.
Below, Elle Decor Editor in Chief, Margaret Russell's tables for Dining By Design 2006 to benefit DIFFA.
The turquoise vases used on the tables are available from Jayson Home. The plates are by Robert Dawson for Wedgwood, in the After Willow pattern.
Above, Weego Home sells 17" square pillows made from Florence Broadhurst hand-printed Asian-inspired fabric.
Above, "Bamboo Lattice" gift wrap from Elum.
Above, a Chinese inspired hand-painted porcelain piece, from Mecox Gardens, with dragon motif that measures twenty inches tall and fourteen inches in diameter.
Above, "Folie Chinoise," an overscale French chinoiserie print, on all cotton, part of Suzanne Rheinstein's debut collection of fabrics designed for Lee Jofa, set to launch fall 2007.