Inspiration: Under the Asian Influence
January 29, 2017,
By Andrea Lillo
The four doors of John Richard’s credenza feature églomisé panels with a reverse-hand-painted branch running across them.
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.”