The delicate and timeless beauty of Asian furniture is currently experiencing unprecedented popularity in American interior design.
Overview of the Asian Furniture
The name “Asian Furniture” is a generic term and describes all the home decor products – including furniture and art – from the countries of China, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and often India. It also includes the (now antique) items made during the British occupation, most of the furniture from India and Burma, including contemporary reproduction in this style.
Although it is very similar in basic design, each country produced furniture and art that are specific to their own culture. For instance, while Shoji screens originated in China, later found in Japan and now considered a wholly Japanese exports. Feng Shui design philosophy is singularly Chinese, while the South East Asian furniture is often display the Hindu-influenced carvings on very dark wood.
Origin of Oriental Style
Also known as the “oriental furniture, asian style furniture is very often made of teak wood, and usually based on Buddhist principles of living simply and in harmony with the environment of everyone. Asian furniture is a blend f form and function where art and design are intended to be beautiful and purposeful. In the interest of the fusion of Eastern and Western styles are becoming increasingly popular to find shoji screen that reflects the traditional Western sense. More colors are available now, and the designer have begun to take freedom in the creation more daring and expressive fusion piece.
Perhaps the most famous Asian décor item is Shoji screen. Made of latticed wood and rice paper, it is increasingly common to see Shoji Doors, Shoji lamps and shoji room divider, even in traditional Western houses and in the office. Another popular Asian furniture item is cabinet and the accesories, typical ornamented with striking mother-of-pearl inlay.
The Asian Furniture Today
Today the largest market and manufacturers of Oriental Furniture are Korea and Taiwan, although many also produced in the U.S., Europe and Australia. Importer of Asian furniture and home decor are the United States, Germany, France, Britain, Japan and Canada.
Whether you are creating your own “Dojo”, crafting an intentional meditation space or if you are only interested in the beauty and craftmanship of Asian furniture, you are certain to find in inspiration in the timelessness and transportive tqualities of truly dazzling style.