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Dear Friends,
I personally select each antique piece from different locations in Japan, Korea and China. Only pieces with exceptional patina, unique qualities and genuine provenance make the cut. We try to keep a constant variety of sizes, styles and colors in stock. I hope you enjoy our selection, and if you're looking for inspiration on how to use these beautiful pieces, check out our helpful antiques guide.

Thanks,

Dale Storer
Owner and Co-Founder

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Adapting a beautiful antique for a modern purpose can provide a focal point around which to design a room. Many of our antiques have a rustic quality and have been used for decades. Whatever you do with your piece will only add to the patina and increase the "antique look". This follows the Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi - in which an old piece with a rich history of use and wear gets a new life with a different purpose. Pieces with a story make wonderful conversations and add depth to your decor.

One of the most popular trends is the conversion of antique buffets into vanities. There are many elegant bowl sinks available on the market and this is an easy and incredibly effective way to turn a dull bathroom into a stunning "powder room".

Other adaptions have included:

  • Korean Blanket Chests transformed into bars
  • Chinese Sideboards turned into TV Consoles
  • A Japanese Tansu retro-fitted to become an elegant wardrobe

Have an Adaptation in mind?
Call us at 1 888 222 0195 and one of our designers will help you find your perfect match and walk you through the adaptation possibilities.


Interior designers often use antiques as "defining pieces". Simply put, the piece brings up the tone of everything else around it. Money invested in a quality antique is well spent as it adds value to the entire decor.

More importantly, antiques reflect a person's experiences and personality. Customers who have traveled to Asia often want to incorporate part of what they've experienced into their interiors. A new aesthetic has been revealed and the great memories can stay fresh. Antiques, just like their owners, have stories to tell.

Antiques can be used in may ways. They can be matched with similar organic pieces or contrasted with modern interiors (as you can see in many of our online suites) as a natural counterpoint to an industrial design. Antiques need not be themed. African masks are at home with Asian cabinets and European lighting. The "esoteric design style" is a much more natural way to shape your space. Found pieces that are gradually added, easily fall into place with other present elements. The possibilities are endless and your decor will always remain fresh and interesting.

Looking for your defining piece?
Call us at 1 888 222 0195 and one of our designers will help you find your perfect match.



Oriental Furniture From: Japan Korea China

Japanese furniture embraces the beauty and simplicity of Classic Japanese design. Solid and utilitarian, its minimal ornamentation and asymmetrical design allow it to fit in with almost any decor.

  • Antique Japanese furniture features clean simple designs, natural wood grains, and the famed Japanese joinery.
  • Traditional "tansu" ('chests' in Japanese) are the well known kaidan tansu ('step chest') mizuya tansu ('kitchen chest') and the sendai tansu ('drawer chest').
  • Cabinets are commonly constructed from solid kiri wood, hinoki and gingko wood, and are usually built in two stackable pieces.
  • Hand-forged iron hardware and minimal ornamentation are common on drawer chests, while kitchen chests feature top and bottom extended beams.

Korean furniture depends on graceful proportions, skillful use of the natural features of wood, and a high level of craftsmanship for its beauty. It offers both highly decorative pieces with meticulously forged hardware, and minimalist pieces, made of solid, durable, woods.

  • Most Korean furniture is a variation on a simple box with only necessary additions.
  • Utilitarian chests such as the Rice Chest and the Grain Chest were found in traditional kitchens and would be built of thick pine wood for durability.
  • Highly ornamental chests like the Headside Chest and the Blanket Chest were used in women's rooms and took on female qualities.
  • Symbolism was prevalent in these pieces - auspicious signs such as turtles, cranes and butterflies were frequently used.
  • Exotic woods such as persimmon and paulownia were used for inlays on more expensive pieces.

Chinese furniture is characterized by the frequent use of lacquer coatings, hand painting, and precise carving. To acheive this unique style artisans must spend countless hours perfecting their craft.

  • Chinese pieces are usually large and heavy with minimal hardware. They are often lacquered or painted and contain some carving or relief.
  • Buffets, Altar tables and Consoles were common and would often hold incense burners and other buddhist relics
  • Chairs were very ornate and came in several classic styles that would be copied with slight variations.
  • Tables were constructed of heavy solid elm with curved and stylized legs. They were built low to the ground, as chairs were not popular and sitting on the floor was the norm.
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