Many of the top designers today are infusing their interiors with asian furniture and objects. Conjuring up images of farflung travels, these items inject an exotic influence that adds richness and history.
This modern kitchen was inspired by old feudal Japanese palaces. Designed by Michael Smith, the kitchen also has a healthy dose of 21st Century minimalism. Up against the wall is an absolutely beautiful 18th Century Japanese Tansu Chest. The unique light fixtures hovering above the island were actually salvaged from a department store in Japan during World War Two. They are made of fabric over a wooden frame. The rich walnut covered stainless steel island doesn't go without notice.
Interior Designer, Mary McDonald, frequently uses antiques from Central Asia in her designs. Asian sculptural objects abound in this first two rooms and an Asian bed takes center stage in the bottom photo. I love the eclectic mix that heightens the interest and depth of the rooms.
Interior Designer Kelly Wearstler uses asian accessories to spice things up in these living rooms. Never one to shy away from making a dramatic statement, Kelly often uses exotic objects from Southeast Asia to create her theatrical aesthetic.
Vicente Wolf's designs are inspired by his many travels. He almost always includes items from these travels in his designs.
A black laquered tansu chest stands in the adjoining living room.
An overscaled asian table stands out in this minimal spare room.
In this living room, an antique cart wheel rises from behind the sofa creating a unique sculptural focal point.