Asian Decor – JadeLuckClub Celebrating Asian American Creativity! Thu, 24 May 2018 23:46:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 George Nakashima: Woodworker, MIT Grad, Icon. Tue, 20 Mar 2012 08:23:43 +0000

“Furniture, we feel, is a development of mood besides being purely utilitarian. Basic forms with the reflection of the constancy of nature find satisfaction in times like ours.

A small poetic haven in an unsettled world where excitement seems so necessary.”

George Nakashima, from his 1962 Studio catalog

George Nakashima, Japanese American, furniture maker, artisan, George Nakashima coffee table


George Nakashima, Woodworker, is what his business card read. He’s that, and a whole lot more. “Today Nakashima is regarded as one the most important artisans of the American studio crafts movement.” from Primavera Gallery

“George Nakashima was born in Spokane, Washington in 1905 and grew up in the forests of the Olympic Peninsula. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in architecture at the University of Washington (although he enrolled in the University to study forestry and switched majors after two years) and a Master’s from MIT in 1930, as well as the Prix Fontainebleau from L’Ecole Americaine des Beaux Arts in France.

During the 1930’s Nakashima lived in Paris and from there he traveled to Japan to familiarize himself with his ancestral roots. It was in Tokyo that Nakashima joined Antonin Raymond’s firm which allowed him to work in Pondicherry, India, where he supervised the building of the dorms at the Sri Aurobindo ashram, a project which would have a profound impact on the designer. For this project Nakashima created his pieces of furniture.

At the start of World War II he headed back to the U.S. but not before returning to Japan where he met his future wife, Marion. Once back in the US, in 1941 (the same year that he married Marion), the couple settled in Seattle. In 1942, the year that his daughter Mira was born, Nakashima and his family were sent to the internment camps in Idaho. With Raymond’s help, Nakashima was able to get out but only after the architect promised that the designer would work for him on his farm in Bucks County, PA. It was here that Nakashima began his business and built his home and workshop, known as the Conoid studio. (“Conoid” is also the name of his very famous chairs from 1960).”  from Primavera Gallery

It was George Nakashima’s dream to provide “Altars of Peace” for each of the seven continents on earth. Constructed from a magnificent pair of matched Black walnut, the first “Peace Altar” was consecrated and installed at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City in 1986.

George Nakashima, Alters of Peace, Peace Table

The second Sacred Table, built to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations in 1995, was made from the same monumental black walnut tree as the first and blessed at the same Cathedral. After serving its mission as a unifying presence at The Hague Appeal for Peace in May of 1999, it resides in the newly renovated Russian Academy of Art in Moscow to help inspire peace in the new millennium.” from

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Wood Tables

Apartment Therapy (via)

Slabs of reclaimed wood have a more contemporary feel to them when used as tables. Paired with sleek modern or contemporary chairs, this slab table recalls the designs of mid-century design master, George Nakashima. from Hewn and Hammered

George Nakashima, Nakashima, furniture, craftsman, Interior Design, hand craftedimage from What Wilson Wants 

George Nakashima’s work is highly collectible. If you want a less expensive reproduction evocative of hi work, I found these items below. To view any coffee table more closely at Amazon, please click on image of table below.




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Isamu Noguchi: One of 20th Century’s Most Acclaimed Sculptors and His Iconic Coffee Table UDPATED Tue, 13 Mar 2012 08:51:38 +0000

“The art of stone in a Japanese garden is that of placement. Its ideal does not deviate from that of nature… But I am also a sculptor of the West. I place my mark and do not hide.”

Noguchi Coffee Table for Herman Miller

“To limit yourself to a particular style may make you an expert of that particular viewpoint or school, but I do not wish to belong to any school,” he said. “I am always learning, always discovering.”

Thank you HapaMama for this great children’s book recommendation on Isamu Noguchi.

The East-West House: Noguchi’s Childhood in Japan by Christy Hale

“Isamu Noguchi was born Isamu Gilmour in Los Angeles in 1904 to Leonie Gilmour, an Irish-American teacher and editor, and Yone Noguchi, a Japanese poet. It is the cultural divide between his parents, between East and West, between two distinct histories of art and thought, that would engage him his entire life. In 1906, Noguchi’s mother took him to Japan, where he attended Japanese and Jesuit schools. While in Japan, Noguchi gained an appreciation for its landscape, architecture and craftsmanship. Later his mother sent him to Indiana to attend a progressive boarding school she had read about in a magazine.

After high school Noguchi enrolled in Columbia University to study medicine, while at the same time taking sculpture classes on the Lower East Side. It wasn’t long before he realized that art, not medicine, was his true calling. He left school and found a studio where he could sculpt full-time.” from PBS

Noguichi Coffee Table, Asian inspired design, JadeLuckClubimage from Modernica Blog. Finn Juhl ‘Pelian Chairs’ with Noguchi Coffee Table photo by Eric Laignel

Noguchi Coffee Table, mid century modern design, JadeLuckClubimage from Modernica Blog. Noguchi Coffee Table Photographs by Dominique Marc Wehrli.

Noguchi table, Asian inspired design, Isamu Noguchi, image from Modernica Blog

Inspired to try a Noguchi piece in your house? Here are some reasonably priced reproductions.


Noguchi Coffee Table in ebony.


Noguchi Coffee Table in natural.


Noguchi Coffee Table in red.


Noguchi Dining Table in white.


Noguchi Dining Table in white.


Noguchi Dining Table in white.


Noguchi Dining Table in black.



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Asian Inspired Decor: Chinese Garden Stools and Oh So Versatile! Thu, 16 Feb 2012 09:22:12 +0000

Chinese garden stools are gorgeous, versatile and affordable. They also can play multiple roles, serving as extra seating, a side table, a garden seat, or object d’art to add a dash of Asian inspired decor into any room from bathrooms, outdoor living rooms to bedrooms and living rooms. I found a selection of Chinese ceramic garden stools to match up to these inspiration photos. What is your favorite?

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image from MerrimentStyle 

To do this yourself, how about these turquoise or celadon Chinese Garden Stools with carved out designs …

or ? Click on either Asian Garden Stool to view more closely at Amazon.

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from CozyBliss

To try this at home, how about  an orange or lime green Chinese Garden Stool for a pop of color …

 or ?

Bedroom eclectic bedroom
To try this at home, how about a traditional blue and white Asian patterned Chinese Garden Stool …

Chinese Garden Stool Living Room Living Spaces Asian Inspired Decor Interior Design JadeLuckClub

image The Well Appointed House

DIY with an purple or should I say eggplant OR chartreuse Asian ceramic garden stool …

or ? Depends on the colors of your room, of course!

To view any Chinese Garden Stool at Amazon, please click on image of garden stool. The prices change a lot there too!

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Asian Inspired Decor With Buddhas Wed, 01 Feb 2012 09:34:43 +0000

How do you decorate with Buddhas? Who is Buddha anyway? These blogs inspire me to bring in Asian inspired decor by way of Buddha heads  subtlety into your living spaces. I think the Buddha imagery helps to remind me to take a deep breath, keep calm and carry on.

Asian Inspired Living Rooms

decorating with Asian touch Asian inspired living rooms Buddha JadeLuckClub Jade Luck Club

From Amanda Forrest design blog

To try this at home …

or? The actual Buddhas are much larger than shown to the left.


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Asian Inspired Bathrooms

I never thought of using a Buddha in a bathroom but I think it really works!

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Buddha in bathroom from via God in Design blog

To try this at home…

 or ?

 Asian Inspired Table Vignettes

I like this vignette!

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from God in Design blog

To try at home …

 or ?


I find my Buddhas make great book ends. Do you use Buddhas as a decorating element in your home? Please share!

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Best Asian Inspired Decor and DIY with One Special Element Sun, 22 Jan 2012 09:46:12 +0000

Vera Wang Los Angeles House Harper's Bazaar JadeLuckClub

Image from Harper’s Bazaar. Photo Credit Douglas Freidman.

I posted previously on Vera Wang’s new, gorgeous Los Angeles Post Modern Minimalist house using photos from the real estate site. What’s so amazing is that now that Vera has moved in, she’s kept the decor minimalist but added that Asian tweak using just one accent piece. In this case, it’s an enormous bonsai tree.

With one key accent piece in mind, I searched for moderately priced pieces to bring an Asian element into any decor. What’s great about Asian inspired accents is how well they seem to work with any styles or periods. If you are DIY type, you can add an element of Asian home decor yourself using these photos for inspiration.

p.s More picture of Vera Wang’s house here and a post about her tiger mom upbringing here.


A bonsai plant makes an elegant and noticeable statement when it’s large, but smaller and more moderately priced trees can also do the trick. Perhaps you might think of a bonsai plant when you need to replace your houseplant?

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Chinese Garden Stools

I like to use these Asian Garden Stools in the living room as end tables. They also double as extra seating both indoors or out. A pop of color is an unexpected surprise.

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Buddha Heads

I am very partial to Buddha heads. They make me feel calm.

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One Piece of Furniture

A hint can be in the guise of furniture … and these pieces are quite reasonable.

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