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5 Chinese- and Japanese-Inspired Designs

Contemporary takes on Far East traditions

By Eric Mutrie

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SILKY SMOOTH
Tres Tintas’ Damasko wall panels are decorated with doorways adventurers may have encountered along the Silk Road, the ancient trade route that developed during the Han dynasty. Available as a digital print on non-woven fabric or vinyl. $155/sq yd, at New Wall

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KITCHEN SAMURAI
Manufactured by century-old metal works company Futagami, Japanese designer Oji Masanori’s solid sand-cast brass and cherry-wood knife stand provides space for up to five blades. Triangular openings at the bottom ensure wet knives dry quickly. $300, at Mjölk

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IN THE FOLD
Rémi Bouhaniche’s design for Ligne Roset’s Toa throne grew from folding a trapezoidal polyester cushion origami-style. Set on a black-stained base of solid ash, the sculptural seat is as elegant as a Japanese paper crane. From $4185 for chair; $1140 for stool, at Kiosk

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INDIGO-GO
An enzyme wash gives this hand-loomed, yarn-dyed throw a purple-blue hue evocative of Japanese denim. Made of 100 per cent linen, it’s the perfect weight for cuddling up on spring evenings. Edges are finished with charming fringe tassels. $180, at Old Faithful Shop, 886 Queen St W oldfaithfulshop.com

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PUPPET MASTER
Albi and Ofir Zucker designed the lampshades for this marionette-like pendant in collaboration with origami artist Ilan Garibi. A group of five hangs from a mahogany frame. Each one is created from a single sheet of paper, elaborately folded into a geometric pattern. $9500, at Industrial Storm

Originally published in our Spring 2016 issue as Far Out, Far East.


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