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This section contains all our Asian-inspired modern furniture – from kitchen cabinets to tv stands. Choose a category above to hone in on that perfect product, or try our helpful antiques guide!

Is it a table? - We have solid wood tables in small, medium and large. Check out our unique end tables, sleek coffee tables, and century-old dining tables.

Or perhaps it's a cabinet? - We’ve taken the famous Japanese storage chest and adapted it for the modern lifestyle. See our exclusive line of kitchen cabinets, entertainment centers, and more.

What else could it be? Check out our step chests. They’re room dividers, storage cabinets and media centers all in one.

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Much Love for Mochi Ice Cream

It's Foodie Tuesday!

Mochi, that quintessential Japanese treat has found its way to the palates and hearts of the people of the world This sticky rice cake/ball makes for an eating experience that one just wants to go back to again and again. It has a soft and smooth mouth feel, with an oh, so delightful sticky, chewy, resistance. And it usually comes filled with interesting fillings, from the classic sweet red bean paste, to the decadent raspberry white chocolate.

As if it were not already wonderful to begin with, mochi has in recent years gotten wayyyy cooler -- literally. I just want to sing the praises of Frances Hashimoto who first thought of filling mochi balls with ice cream. Genius! And in places where temperatures are getting up to a steamy 34? Centigrade, these frosty confections are a welcome relief from the overheated air.

The ice cream idea is novel, and yet its versatility opens itself up for even more


Hina Matsuri

Each year on March 3rd, Japan celebrates its Girls' Day with the Hina Matsuri or Doll Festival. The festival celebrates young girls in Japan, wishing them healthy growth. The contemporary festival celebration originated from Hina-nagashi, wherein the past dolls in straw boats were set afloat onto a river in order to guard from evil spirits. This custom is still done today in the festival in Kyoto.

Leading up to the festival, families in Japan who have female children display a set of traditional dolls. Traditionally, families that have girls in the family acquire a set of these dolls after the first girl is born, usually inheriting them or through purchase. The dolls are representations of happiness, health, beauty for girls.

The custom of displaying the dolls is said to have begun during the Heian period of Japanese history, from the late 8th century to the early 12th century. The dolls in fact represent the hierarchy of the imperial court at the time,


Pucker Up: Korean and Japanese Pickled Vegetables

It's Foodie Tuesday!

After my trip to New York a few weeks ago, which was ladden with nostalgic noshes like pizza, cheesecake, and corned beef, I have really felt the need to lighten up in the kitchen. My usual sweet tooth has been replaced with cravings for all things sour.

Kimchi; Image: Shape Magazine

I usually keep a jar of dill pickles in the fridge but they don't really make a well-rounded meal. But the idea of pickled something got stuck in my head and it wasn't long before I was dreaming of Korean food, mostly for the kimchi that is served as a de rigueur accompaniment for all meals and even stars in dishes like kimchi jigae (kimchi soup).

Kimchi Jigae; Image: No Recipes

Kimchi consists of chunks of vegetables (usually cabbage, daikon radish, and scallions), seasoned with ginger and red pepper, and fermented in salt. Its pungency and


Origami for Chinese New Year

For most of my life, my origami repertoire has been quite limited. I only know the flapping bird, which my brother taught me when I was really little, and other very basic stuff from my 5th grade art class -- paper cup (very useful, I swear), crane, and a few others. But ever since a friend of mine got me a pack of beautiful origami papers for Christmas, I've been expanding my knowledge quite a bit.

Since Chinese New Year's coming up on February 10th, I thought I'd learn to make some cute little things to mark the occasion. They'd make awesome decorations and if they bring good luck, well that's a great bonus!

So I did a little research online and found some lovely prospects. I am listing them below in order of difficulty and complexity.

Gold Yuanbao

Yuanbao are what the Chinese call the boat-shaped gold ingots. Having likenesses of these precious bits are said to bring good luck, as


Traditional Christmas Treats in the Philippines

It's Foodie Tuesday!

Where I come from, Christmas is the biggest, most anticipated holiday of the year. It does not confine itself to the 25th of December, starting to creep into the collective consciousness as early as September and and extending way past New Year's. 'Tis the season of generosity and prayer. It is also a time when social calendars are filled to the last square centimeter with parties of all sorts -- from company shindigs to family reunions, alumni homecomings to church group celebrations, to random gatherings with drinking buddies neighborhood cliques.

Needless to say, this is not the time for diet -- they're doomed to fail this time of year. A lot of these gatherings feature tables laden with scrumptious edibles, and since it is not uncommon for people to squeeze in 2 lunches or 3 dinners in one go, you can do the math and imagine how it adds to the waistline. I don't think I've lost all that I've gained last


4 Asian Soups

It's Foodie Tuesday!

As the weather gets cooler, don't we crave more the warmth of hot hearty soups? Let's venture into exotic territory with these Asian classics. One thing these have in common is that they pack a punch in terms of flavor. They're not the soothing, comfortable types -- they're passionate and intense, fragrant and fiery, rich and spicy. They make quite a food trip.

Another thing they have in common is that they're very complicated to make, if you're making them from scratch, because they either involve a lot of ingredients or a whole lot of steps. The good news is you can buy packets that can give you the real thing with very little time and effort.

Tom Yum

It's a classic Thai soup with fierce hot and sour flavors that make me perspire just thinking about it. It's smells heavenly -- with a light freshness from kaffir lime leaves and cilantro, and the heady earthiness from the shitakes and whatever

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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.