This flawlessly executed selection of interiors may seem mysteriously miscellaneous. The collection of living, dining, bedroom and the odd office space, is clearly influenced by competing continental styles, such as Art Deco, Rococo, Versace and Renaissance, but they have more than one fundamental element in common. Obvious is the precision with which each of these interiors has been constructed, the perfect balance achieved within, and the harmony exuded by the individual spaces. Review of the interrelated concepts of precision and the even interchangeable: balance and harmony, reveals a clue as to their origin. The design philosophy central to all of these images is intrinsically linked to the culture that produced them. They are of course, Chinese.
The previous images reflect a definite Chinese tradition in their unmistakable oriental woodwork, ornately bordered tiles, architraves and skirting, the representation of deities, the presence of dynastic mementos, the creative incorporation of calligraphy and the use of floral silks. However, perusal of the images that follow sees a descent into increasingly classical styling, albeit, with an oriental twist. One may notice a Persian rug, a Fleur de Lys print, Italian marble tiles, a plastered ornamental ceiling, a preference for shaded chandeliers and a distinctly Art Deco mirror or lamp. Modern styles begin to feature also: heavy carpeting replacing woven mats and ceramic tiles, pendant light-boxes where lanterns once hung and sheer curtains in the place of bamboo blinds. Advertisement
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Many Asian cultures are those of master craftsmen and it is no coincidence that the manufacturing sector has its roots in China. The Chinese design industry may take inspiration from long-established European styles but their implementation seems equally long practiced.