Thursday, March 2, 2017
Chinoiserie became wildly popular in the 18th century when trade between China and the Western world. Fretwork, foliate, and exquisitely intricate details balanced by bold gilt were the overarching decorative elements. The trend has continued through the 21st century where interiors are impacted by elements as strong as stunning wallpaper or as delicate as a piece of porcelain or a gilt mirror. I love Chinoiserie in all it's forms and applications, and this is one design element that I hope remains even as we move through both minimal and maximal design trends.