Now and Zen

Written by Niki D'Andrea Category: At Home Issue: May 2013
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Add some Far Eastern flavor to your favorite rooms with Asian decor.

Simplicity. Depth. Drama. Nature. They’re more than spirituality buzz words; they’re also the signature elements of Asian decor. Many Asian-style interiors play to the Japanese concept of sabi (a philosophy attuned to chic simplicity) with clean lines and minimal ornamentation, while organic elements like greenery in clay pots and bamboo mats provide naturalistic texture contrasts.

Items like earth-toned sake sets and bento boxes lend a clean-lined, earthy Asian flavor to any kitchen, while bonsai trees provide a verdant flash of vegetation. Find your edge at Phoenix Knife House, which carries 12 different lines of high-end knives (mostly Japanese), including Sugimoto cutlery, descended from a sword-making tradition. Then put your knives in an attractive block designed by Aric Mei, owner and architect of Parlor Pizzeria.

When it comes to drama, Asian decor has more than an episode of The Jerry Springer Show (plus more aesthetic value). Decorative drama is often achieved through the use of bold colors like red and gold. A prime example is the handmade Chinese rug (pictured, left) from Arizona-based World of Rugs. Available in a variety of measurements from 2 feet six inches by 8 feet, to 8 feet by 11 feet, this 100 percent wool rug from the Lotus Collection features hand-carved detailing. World of Rugs owner Ingrid Harazim loves the rug for “the drama created with the red and black color combination, and the ability to contrast it with other rich colors,” she says. “The super-sized ancient Chinese script becomes so very modern-looking.”

“Asian decor is always classic,” Harazim adds. “And the Lotus rug proves it is timeless, yet instantly presents a fresh, fashionable, modern interior decorating option for now.”

Earthtone “Zen” Calligraphy Sake SetThis set includes four sake cups (each 1.5 inches tall and 2 inches across), and a server measuring 6 inches tall. Made in Japan. $23
House of Rice
3221 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale
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  Joyce Chen stainless steeL chopsticksAvailable in packs of five pairs, these 9-inch chopsticks are lightweight and easy to clean. $10.95
House of Rice
3221 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale
Japanese knives in
Aric Mei knife block
Made from Arizona mesquite wood with a solid metal base, these blocks come in three sizes: small (fits three to four knives, $145), medium (fits six to eight knives, $185), and large (fits 15 knives, $225).
Phoenix Knife House
4837 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
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  Bento boxThis lacquered plastic Japanese lunch box measures 10 inches square. The three-piece set includes a base box, five compartment inserts, and the cover. $26.95
Super L Ranch Market
668 N. 44th St., Phoenix
Bonsai treeThere are many places in the Valley to find bonsai trees, and for the best suggestions, we recommend contacting the Phoenix Bonsai Society, locals who’ve been nurturing trees-in-trays and dwarf desert plants since 1962.
Phoenix Bonsai Society
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  Dragonfly design tea set
This iron tea pot with a black dragonfly design comes with two iron cups (each 2 inches tall and 2.75 inches across). The interior of the teapot houses a stainless steel tea strainer. $59
Asiana Market
1116 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa