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Browse our Chinese Korean and Japanese furniture by room of use

This section sorts all of our designs by room. Take your time -- wander through each space and enjoy yourself in the process.

Want an Asian-inspired living room? View our soothing, solid wood living room furniture – including coffee tables, plasma tv stands, and more.

Planning a kitchen remodel? Our Japanese-inspired freestanding kitchen cabinets are constructed from reclaimed beams of Asian hardwoods. You haven’t seen anything like them!

Click the links or images above to walk through each room – if you have any questions whatsoever drop us an email or call us at 1888 222 0195.

Welcome to Greentea Design!

Know the type of piece you want?
Browse by category and view our collection of Chinese, Korean and Japanese furniture.

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Browse our model suites to view select pieces in modern settings.

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Why Greentea?

Incredible Craftsmanship
All our pieces are hand-built by master artisans using traditional Japanese carpentry and joinery. The pride they take in their work is reflected in the quality and beauty of the hand-made furniture they produce.

Clean Lines
Simple lines and clean designs that emphasize the beauty of the wood grains.

Natural Beauty
Like all Japanese furniture, the emphasis is put on the raw power of natural materials. Each piece is constructed from solid wood beams and fitted with hand-forged hardware.

Uniquely Yours
Most of our Japanese-inspired pieces are available in your choice of different stains and hardware.


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


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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,


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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


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Sashiko

image via sake puppets

I've been looking for a new craft to take up while I (not-so-patiently) await the arrival of spring, and I think I have found a winner. Sashiko, a traditional Japanese embroidery technique, is a simple craft that anyone can pick up, requires very few supplies and is very relaxing to practice. Sashiko is used to embellish cloth, assemble quilts and even sometimes to simply mend textiles. Today I will rundown the basics and point you in the direction of resources where you can find supplies or learn more about this beautiful craft.

Sashiko needles via the purl bee

sashiko thread via grumperina

Thread and Needles

Sashiko uses extra long needles and special embroidery thread that you can find online, or at some stores that carry embroidery supplies. This may be a contentious statement, but if you can't find


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Gutai: Splendid Playground at the Guggenheim

I spent five days last week in New York City and, like most of my trips to the Big Apple, it was a bit of a whirlwind. I didn't get half of what I planned to see and do, but I did manage to squeeze in a couple of hours at the Guggenheim before I left for the airport.

Image: Stage of the Art

I was content just to get to explore Frank Lloyd Wright's magnificent building but the opportunity to see the new Gutai exhibit really made my trip. The Gutai Art Association was founded by Yoshihara Jir? in Ashiya, Japan in 1954; for 18 years its 59 members created some of the most influential avant-garde works of the postwar era.

Kazuo Shiraga, Wild Boar Hunting II (1963); Image: Guggenheim Museum

"Gutai" means "concreteness," and the group's name reflects its collective interest in explorations of materiality, in


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Mind Over Manga

I came across an article about Microsoft's recently launched Windows 8 which placed two packaging versions side-by-side. One was the "regular" version, which had vibrant and colorful elements while retaining a minimalistic and elegant look. The other was starkly different. It was the Japanese packaging, and it features an uber colorful, slightly over-the-top look, with a couple of manga characters thrown in for good measure.

Manga, the distinctly Japanese comic book illustration style, called anime once it is given movement through various animation and filmmaking techniques, has become so much a part of Japanese pop culture, inspiring a worldwide obsession among grownups and kids alike. It has seeped into the mainstream culture, and we see hints of it in Western movies, cartoons and comic books. Sometimes cute, sometimes dark and edgy, but it always reflects the unabashed quirkiness we have come to associate with J-pop, or Japanese pop.

I grew up watching Japanese animation. The earliest one, which I only


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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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