Can Chinoiserie be Chic?
You bet my design chops on it! Most of you probably have no clue what that is or how to pronounce it. Here is some help on the pronunciation bit - [sheen-wah-zuh-ree]. There now, you are a pro! Let's get some background information. These fanciful oriental inspired interiors were popular during the 17th & 18th century after the Europeans started infusing their interiors with Asian influenced themes. No, this design style had nothing to do with the actual Asian culture, and by that I mean it wasn't "invented" there. Weird right? Bold in colors like deep blues, greens and brilliant reds. Whimsy is introduced with dragons, Chinese legends, exotic animals & flowing landscapes. This design style has spanned ages, it is timeless, luxurious and dynamic.
We have of course added the "chic" to put a modern spin on it. And I am all in.
What brought this up? I am currently designing for a client who has fallen in lust with all the makes up Chinoisorie. It has been quite an inspiring project and has be obsessing over researching it. I think it is always fun to educate myself and my clients on new trends, old trusted favorites & forgotten jems like this one. It also has close roots with another period of design I have a soft spot for Rococo, but I will save that one for another day.