Tuesday, 25 March 2014

On Our Radar - Chinese and Mongolian Antique Cabinets

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There's nothing like a beautiful cabinet to display your precious things on and we are enamored with how unexpectedly fresh these antique Chinese cabinets we found on Pinterest look. We always had this kind of versatility in mind when we bought our collection in Beijing last year, to re-envision them into a modern aesthetic. The literal China-as-theme-decor was never our intention - already Alissa has styled some lovely white cabinets in the stores with chunky pastel Mud ceramics, white linens and smooth oak chopping boards. The look is chic, organic and refined, like they would be at home in a Provincial kitchen.

We are so excited to be launching our majestic one-off Mongolian and Chinese artifacts and cabinets, hand-picked from our recent travels (to see our snaps click here) - every piece has a history unique to itself and the mark of supreme craftsmanship.

Interior-wise, as the pictures above show, the possibilities for cabinets are endless. In classical surrounds, dining rooms and grand hallways, to modern apartments, industrial spaces, in kitchens, bedrooms and even bathrooms. They are the perfect platfom to display your collections, keepsakes and treasures.

In her book Things I Love (buy it here), interior stylist Megan Morton discusses the history of using cabinets to display personal objects - otherwise known as 'whatnots'. She tells how it began in the Regency period when 'clutter loving' Victorians would pile their best plates, cake stands, tea caddys and Wedgwood greenware onto fruitwood cabinets, thereby proving to visitors their taste and social status.

Here's a small glimpse at some of our artifacts and cabinets:

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Chinese ceramics, ginger jars

"No matter how sure you are you don't want a whatnot, I reckon every home, no matter how modern, should have one...at the end of the day, you need an important and sacred place where you, too, can show and play with the things you're naturally drawn to."
- Megan Morton

To view the complete catalogue of the Majestic China collection visit our Southport and Newfarm stores and our design showroom in Burleigh at 13/110 Kortum Drive Burleigh QLD 4220.

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