Chinoiserie for Classic or Contemporary Design Styles

For centuries Western cultures have been influenced by the exotic appeal of Chinese art and design. The French term Chinoiserie implies a “Chinese-esque” design direction in porcelain, furnishings, décor and architecture. The new colonies of America adopted the Chinese style as their own in textiles and wallpapers.

Designer and manufacturer Brunschwig & Fils produces contemporary and historically-inspired decorative fabrics and wallpapers. Many of the designs in the collections date back to the early 1940s, while others are more than 200 years old. The “Cathay Toile” pattern is an authorized adaption from a 1750-1760 English woodblock-printed linen and is acknowledged by the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities in Boston, Massachusetts

INSTUDIO Interior Design Directors can visualize the use of this timeless Chinoiserie pattern for traditional or contemporary design styles. Traditional interiors would be enhanced by the historic quality of the print that would complete a room filled with fine antiques and old world grace. In a strictly contemporary setting this wallpaper would act as a dramatic artistic backdrop to edgy new, vintage or modernist furnishings, lighting, accessories and textiles. What’s old is old or what’s old is new when you know how to balance design styles.

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