• Antique Reproductions
  • Classic Chinese style + contemporary stainless steel = design perfection

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    We all love antiques, but I  must admit, I see so many of them (obviously much more the average Joe). So once in a while, its refreshing to come across something completely new – even if it is with an old twist. And this is why recently, I have really enjoying crafting these chrome-hybrid creations […]

  • Chairs, benches and stools
  • A new twist on classic Ming style horse-shoe chairs – introducing the stainless steel Chinese yoke back chair!

    Chinese officials hat chair

    Admittedly cool, I think these polished stainless steel Chinese officials hat chairs from Chine Gallery are equally as funky. Known in Chinese as Guān mào yǐ (官帽椅) the name likely comes from the sculpted back which resembles a winged official’s hat.

  • Asian Home Furnishings
  • 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?” – […]

  • Home decor & accessories
  • Carved wooden architectural elements salvaged from traditional Chinese homes gain a new lease on life…

    I have had this photo of a “Pai Lou” (牌楼) which has been sitting on my hard drive for ages. I snapped the image of this particular one, a few years back while buying salvaged wooden architectural elements, which we would then restore and create matching stands for providing them with a second life. This […]

  • Hot Items/Hot Sellers
  • Private Sale – Unique Beijing Hutong Shopping Experience

    Please mark your calendars! Merci de marquer vos agendas ! La Maison Taupe will be opening its shopping doors once more for two days of carefully chosen selections of rare and unusual antiques, folk art, furniture, bags, accessories and children’s cashmere in the idyllic surroundings of a downtown courtyard house.  For two days only, enjoy a […]

  • Asian Home Furnishings
  • So just what is “chinoiserie” anyways?

    While trolling around on the net, I came across this very nice blog post from Posh Living which does a wonderful job of explaining what chinoiserie is which is.  A main staple amoung designers, chinoiserie design elements in a room are timeless and sophisticated.  Since we have talked in the past about how chinoiserie screens […]