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Chinese Style: Living in Beauty and Prosperity
     

Chinese Style: Living in Beauty and Prosperity

by Sunamita Lim, Chris Corrie (Photographer)
 
Chinese Style: Living in Beauty and Prosperity shows how to transform, or simply add a touch of Chinese style. China has long captivated the world's imagination with visions of softly rustling silks, delicately fragrant teas, exquisitely fine porcelain, and elegant lacquered furniture. Take the popular decorating concept of Feng Shui to a whole new level with

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Chinese Style: Living in Beauty and Prosperity shows how to transform, or simply add a touch of Chinese style. China has long captivated the world's imagination with visions of softly rustling silks, delicately fragrant teas, exquisitely fine porcelain, and elegant lacquered furniture. Take the popular decorating concept of Feng Shui to a whole new level with authentic information on how to create a Chinese aesthetic! Learn how to alleviate clutter and increase the flow of chi, the universal life force; discover creative new ways of integrating Chinese furniture and decorative arts to today's more flexible decorating styles; and stroll through a rich collection of images from homes, museums, and galleries. Also included are interviews with Chinese antique and style experts, thorough research, and everything you need to know to achieve an energizing and nurturing sanctuary.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
These books offer two different views of vernacular Asian style and its incorporation into modern residential décor. Freelance writer Lim introduces Chinese furniture and accessories for amateur decorators rather than connoisseurs. In the first half, she defines Chinese style, describes products made for export, and identifies authentic antiques. In the latter half, she shows in color photographs homes that have successfully used Chinese decorative accessories and concludes with a resources section and a glossary.

Iwatate (Japan Houses) and art exhibitor Unsoo show how vernacular Korean home design and decoration with its regard for "[s]implicity, moderation, constraint, and a deep respect for all things natural" has been incorporated into the 20-plus contemporary commercial and residential buildings visited here. An introduction chronicles Korean residential style and discusses how it evolved into the styles depicted in color photographs. Both books are recommended for large interior design collections and where there is an interest in Asian style; Lim's book is recommended for public libraries with its practical decorating advice.


—Gayle A. Williamson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423600213
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
08/29/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"The Orient" mesmerizes. From the romance of Marco Polo's Silk Route to The Orient Express, China has long captivated the world's imagination with visions of softly rustling silks, delicately fragrant teas, exquisitely fine porcelain, and elegant lacquered furniture.

Even though in the past it may have taken years for these items to travel in cargo holds en route from Canton (present-day Guangzhou), the only Chinese port that allowed trade with the West from 1699-1842, it now takes but a few weeks for goods from China to enter stores in this country. From the venerable Gump's in San Francisco (which started selling Chinese antiques in the 1860s) to Pier One Imports, Cost Plus World Market, and Neiman Marcus stores, demand can hardly keep up with supply-so popular are Chinese decorative arts and the classical, yet stylishly elegant, Ming-style furniture that blend so seamlessly with today's décor. Of course their price advantage helps, too, given China's lower rates of currency exchanges with other countries.

Meet the Author

Sunamita Lim is a freelance writer and past editor of the art/design magazine Santa Fe Trend. Lim is the author of Chinese Style: Living in Beauty and Prosperity and resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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