Fresh Chinoiserie

Our global design correspondent Jason Oliver Nixon travels near and far to capture timeless elegance and trends. Here are his latest far-flung finds.

Chinoiserie finds

The Inspiration

On a recent visit across the pond to London, we found ourselves among the eye-popping glamour of The Langham hotel’s Artesian bar. Designed by the late interior guru David Collins, this Oriental-themed outpost boasts pagoda-topped flourishes, glittering chandeliers, and lilac-hued loveseats.


No. 1

Big in Japan

Kick back in high style courtesy of this chair from Pearson that boasts a gaggle of giddy Japanese geishas bustling to and fro in frothy exuberance ($3,192). Martha O’Hara Interiors, 952-908-3150,


No. 2

Sri Lankan Sling

Bartender Marco Zappia whips up this refreshing, transporting cocktail at Eat Street Social’s (ESS) Tiki Bar.

1.25 oz White Lion Arrack
.75 oz ESS tart cherry liqueur (or grenadine)
.25 oz orange liqueur
.25 oz Benedictine
.5 oz hibiscus grenadine
1 oz pineapple juice
.5 oz lemon juice
4 drops ESS Mahalo Bitters
3 oz seltzer
Shake, add soda, strain, add ice, and garnish with cilantro.


No. 3

Panel Discussion

Transform your walls with the hand-painted, bespoke wall coverings from iconic de Gournay. They will add a splash of Shanghai surprise to any space and are well worth the splurge—we are green with envy for the Badminton pattern. Price upon request. Scherping Westphal, 275 Market St., Mpls., 612-822-2700,


No. 4

Fabulous Fretwork

Pour yourself a tall Singapore Sling cocktail culled from the confines of the Oscar de la Renta Pagoda Bar Cabinet from Century Furniture in cream with tangerine top and trim and real gold accents ($13,485). Gabberts, Galleria, 952-927-1500,


No. 5

Lattice and Lovage

Be seated in Pekingese perfection in a cozy corner courtesy of the Chinese Chippendale arm chair from Baker Furniture’s Stately Homes collection ($2,700). Baker Minneapolis, 275 Market St., Mpls., 612-341-2906,


No. 6

Scroll Down

No home is complete without a perfect cocktail perch. Rest easy with the Brook Street cocktail table from Ralph Lauren ($5,985). Francis King, 275 Market St., Mpls., 612-604-0033,


No. 7

Big, Bold Bamboo

Take that foyer from tired to tall, tan, and terrific with the faux bamboo Palm Beach chandelier from Currey & Co ($1,490). Francis King, 275 Market St., Mpls., 612-604-0033,