DESIGN 101: Inked in Chinoiserie

chi·noi·se·rie

{SHēnˈwäzərē}

 

The palest ink is better than the best memory. - Chinese Proverb
 

What is chinoiserie? “In the 17th and 18th centuries, as tourists and traders ventured eastward, a fascination with all things Asian swept Europe. Inspired by travelers' sketchbooks and imported porcelain and lacquerware, designers layered their furniture, interiors and ceramics with fantastical Chinese imagery, resulting in the perennially popular style called chinoiserie.” - Elle Décor

Essentially, chinoiserie is a visual narration, a reenactment of history literally drawn out on furniture, wallpaper, prints and décor. Seen as exotic, chinoiserie has been sought after for centuries and is the quintessence of good design.

Even with the "palest ink", this classic motif will long have the ability to add layers of mystique and sophistication to any design...remaining inscribed in our memories.

 

 

 

Antique Chinoiserie

via: The History of Furniture

via: The History of Furniture

Chinoiserie Interiors

Images via: houzz

Images via: houzz

Chinoiserie Prints

Harrison Howard Prints

Harrison Howard Prints

Modern Chinoiserie

Dana Gibson accessories

Dana Gibson accessories