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.