Style Court

Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016

8.09.2008

Inspired by Asia


Initially I planned to do a "best of" post, highlighting my favorite China-related images. But Asian art and design -- and it's strong influence on Western style -- has been such a focus of this blog that a round-up could become unbearably long. Instead I'll direct you to labels found in the sidebar: chinoiserie, Asian art and Chinese porcelain, to name a few. (The elephant above is actually Southeast Asian and the lamp is vintage blanc de chine.)


Vivienne Tam's China Chic is still one of my favorite little primers on core elements of Chinese style -- the cheongsam, double happiness, Ming dynasty, Qing dynasty, Mao mania, Kuanyin, courtyards -- all told from Tam's perspective as a Chinese-born, Hong Kong-raised, Western fashion designer. The images above and below are from the book published by Collins Design.




And if you're looking for some Asian-related films to watch this weekend, see this past post.


Some consider 1991's Raise the Red Lantern to be among the most visually stunning films ever made. Image via Tong Chen.


For fun here are some Asian-inspired pieces currently available at our favorite shops: a pair of 1950s chairs with silk-velvet upholstery from Chapman Radcliff and a red lacquer coffee table from Hollyhock.

12 comments:

stljoie said...

I don't know how it started, it wasn't planned or a conscious decision. Evidently servicemen of past wars brought things home from the orient and with their passing things are showing up in antique malls and fairs and consignment shops and we can afford them. Was the screen first? Or the carved tusk?...I know..don't say anything, it's very old and it is the exquisite carving we treasure. I could go on and on. A raku vase was the last thing. I do know that we love having these beautiful things in our home.

Ms. Wis. said...

The films "Pavilion of Women" and "Crouching Tiger" are also worth adding to the list.

Also a good story on 7/27 in the NYTimes about hutongs — courtyard houses. (Sorry - can't seem to get the link to the story to work).

Style Court said...

Stljoie -- yes, we in the West seem enamored of Far Eastern style.

Ms. Wis -- thanks for the tips!

Alex said...

Great chairs and table...what character. And you're right, Asian influence would be a novel, not a post! :) Thanks for the info on Vivienne Tam...will have to check out the book.

Style Court said...

Hi Alex, glad you liked this. Thanks for stopping by :)

MABELLE said...

Those leopard print chairs make my heart beat faster!

Style Court said...

Michelle, aren't they great?

Sondra said...

No flowers! :-(

simply seleta said...

Your timing is perfect with the opening ceremonies and games in Beijing! Love it.

Style Court said...

Seleta -- the opening ceremonies inspired me for sure. I thought they were hopeful and visually amazing :)

Laura said...

That book sounds wonderful--I could certainly use a crash course in all things Asian!

Style Court said...

Laura -- I think you will love it!