The delicate and timeless beauty of Asian furniture is currently experiencing an unparalleled popularity in American interior design.
An Overview of Asian Furniture
The name “Asian Furniture” is a general term, describing all home decor products – including art and furniture – from the countries of China, Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and often India. It also includes the (now antique) items crafted during the British occupation, mostly of furniture from India and Burma, including contemporary reproductions in this style.
Although very similar in basic design, each of these countries produces furniture and art that is specific to its own culture. For instance, while the Shoji screen originated in China, it was then reinvented in Japan and is now considered a wholly Japanese export. Feng Shui design philosophy is singularly Chinese, while Southeast Asian furniture often displays Hindu-influenced carvings over very dark wood.
Origins of The Oriental Style
Also known as “Oriental Furniture”, Asian-styled furniture is very often crafted from teak wood, and is usually based on the Buddhist principles of living simply and in harmony with one’s surroundings. Asian furniture is a blend of form and function, where art and design are intended to be both beautiful and purposeful.
Asian Furniture Today
Today the largest markets and manufacturers of Oriental furniture are Indonesia, although much is also manufactured in the US, Europe and Australia. The top importers of Asian furniture and home decor are the United States, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Japan and Canada.
Whether you are creating your very own furniture, crafting an intentional meditative space, or if you are simply drawn to the beauty and craftsmanship of Asian furniture, you are certain to find inspiration in the timelessness and transportive qualities of this truly dazzling style. Please feel free to contact us if you looking for the best Asian Furniture.