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Chinoiserie Chic Style Guide

Chinoiserie is a French term meaning “Chinese-esque”. 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

Chinoisere Chic

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Modern chinoiserie style tends to blend a mixture of Eastern and Western stylistic elements in both decoration, shape and pattern to create exotic accents

Domino Magazine

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A simple way to incorporate chinoiserie is to add unique accents – for example a Chinese knotted tassel to a cabinet or door handle

Apartment Therapy

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Peter Wilds

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Cushions and soft furnishings in traditional Chinese fabrics are great mixed in with modern furniture

Kartell chair

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Shelter magazine

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Red Phoenix Blossom Cushion

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Traditional Chinese painted wood objects and furniture are an essential feature of Chinoiserie

Lonny magazine

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Interior Design Files

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