Asian designs through western eyes – a look at vintage and contemporary asian inspired furniture designs

Having spent so much time focusing on Chinese antiques, its refreshing to pull back a moment and look a contemporary twists on antique styles. And there is no better place then 1stdibs. And since I have had this post sitting in my “drafts” for quite a while, and suddenly wondered “why is this not published?” – well, no time like the present!

Assemblage in Chicago, has some interesting items on their 1stdibs page like this Vintage 1970’s Maitland Smith Gilt & Ivory Leather Asian-Form Coffee Table available here or this  “Asian vibe” Lucite Scroll Form Coffee Table, one of my personal favorites.

Leather Asian Coffee Table
Maitland Smith Gilt & Ivory Leather Asian-Form Coffee Table
Thick Lucite Scroll Form Coffee Table

A cerused Finish Chinese Altar Table – another updated modern take on this classic Asian form – this time in  limed oak.

Cerused Finish Chinese Altar Table
Era Vintage Modern and ABC Modern, both have classic designs reinvented in silver leaf, like these silver leaf Chinese design horseshoe chairs found here.
Asian inspired Silver Leaf Asian Chairs
Asian inspired Silver Leaf Asian Chairs

or this extremely cool asian inpired silver leaf coffee table available here.

Silver Leaf Asian Form Coffee Table

In addition to the silver leaf armchairs above there are several other interesting takes on Chinese chair designs like these Maitland Smith Chinese style arm chairs from Tom Gibbs Studio which almost look as if they were made from stone, or these exceptionally classy Asian Inspired Italian Brass Armchairs at Gaspare Asaro in New York.

Maitland Smith Chinese style arm chairs
Pair of Asian Inspired Italian Brass Armchairs
Pair of Asian Inspired Italian Brass Armchairs

Another classic Maitland Smith design at Harris Kratz in the form of a Fossil Stone and Bronze Console table. Very vintage – very interesting.

Asian design Fossil Stone and Bronze Console Table
Asian design Fossil Stone and Bronze Console Table

McGuire Furniture‘s Ming Alter Table is not really a reinvention though nevertheless deserves a place here, as do the designs Chinese American furniture designer Robert Kuo.

McGuire Furniture Ming Alter Table
Robert Kuo Altar Table

Who else am I missing….?

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6 Comment

  1. Al says:

    Very interesting information, thanks. The scroll form table is awesome!

  2. modern or Antique furniture is not the matter its all about the quality

  3. These different Designs give me the ability to furnish mu home exclusively according to my own style, or mix and match pieces for your own special look. In keeping with today’s trend of customization. Thanks for introducing such a new range of varieties.

  4. Caroline Green says:

    I like this work. I think that you will like KOKET, it’s a luxury furniture brand influenced by the decorative arts, fashion, flora and fauna http://bykoket.com/. Take a look

  5. “The scroll form table is awesome!” -I enjoy this!!!

  6. Antiques always attracts me. It is not just a piece of art but a piece of history as well.

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