Inspiration: Under the Asian Influence

JohnRichardcredenzaThe four doors of John Richard’s credenza feature églomisé panels with a reverse-hand-painted branch running across them.
By Andrea Lillo

Asian looks have long held appeal in home décor, but given this culture’s propensity for bold color and pattern, the style is resurging. It’s a turnaround from the toned-back patterns of the last decade, designers said, as consumers thirst for color and uninhibited design. “The entire industry is a reflection of a global mix of influences and right now color is trending big time,” said designer Barclay Butera. “Asian style lends itself to fearless combinations of color, pattern and texture.”

Scot Meacham Wood, interior designer, saw Asian-inspired patterns—in textiles, furniture details, and wall coverings—throughout High Point Market in October, he said in the market’s recent style report, including at John Richard and Kenian. He told HFN he believes that after people’s restraint over the last decade, they are finally embracing items with more detail, color and pattern. Chinoiserie “is bold and evocative—it fits right into that. That’s why I think it’s having its moment in the sun.”

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Andrea LilloAndrea Lillo | Senior Editor

Andrea Lillo has written about a variety of topics, from beer gardens in Queens to kitchen design trends to residential caves. Having joined Home Furnishings News in 2006, she serves as Fashion Editor.


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