• Give Generously: Gifts Imbued with Gratitude

    Throughout the holiday season, our thoughts turn to friends and family, gathering together around common tables. There is so much beauty to celebrate, but our favorite detail will always be the focus on gratitude and generosity. With this ethos in mind, we’ve assembled a collection of soulful objects that reflect this sentiment and are just […]

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  • Gifts for Those You Love

    If you follow us on Instagram, you may have already noticed that we’re up to something new. This year, we’ve brought our collection online by posting one-of-a-kind global gifts to our feed each day. Made up of small treasures from far-flung locations across the globe, this group of objects was acquired from an artist and […]

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  • Collector’s Edition: Martial Arts Weights

    These exercise weights were used in China during the 18th and 19th century for martial arts training. Owner Betsy Nathan collected each sculptural stone, one by one, over the past decade. We’re excited to exhibit them together as a collection, for the first time. To learn more about the history of stone weights in Chinese martial […]

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  • Collector’s Edition: Green Acres, Taihu Stones & Scholar’s Rocks

    With only three letters, one short word can transform our entire outlook: May. A month that rewards our patience with blossoms, buds and a carnival of irresistible colors, spring is finally here, and what could be better? PAGODA RED would spend every moment of the season in our own secret garden in Fulton Market, but […]

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  • 10 Ways to Give Love & Happiness

    A traditional sign of love and marriage, double happiness (囍) is the Chinese equivalent of a heart shape. It appears in many forms. Magpies, plum blossoms, peaches, leopards, cranes, pomegranates and the color pink all express deep feelings in subtle ways. Here are 10 messages of love, all spoken through symbols. 1. For Long-Lasting Love: […]

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  • 8 Ways to Give Peace & Calm

    For those in search of calm and contemplation, China, Japan and other Asian nations are wonderful sources. Objects are filled with the iconography of peace. Many Chinese symbols are visual puns. Vase (ping 瓶) and peace (pingan 平安) are homonyms; crab (蟹) and harmony (协) share the xie sound. The phoenix and the Buddha are […]

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  • Make a Moss & Stone Arrangement

    Mushrooms, moss, and succulents, oh my. As temperatures drop outside, bring some nature indoors. How? By making you’re very own taihu stone or bamboo basket floral arrangement. Let’s get started! Ingredients Flat Stone (We Used a Taihu Stone) or… Bamboo Basket (We Used a Round One) Venus Slipper Orchids Echeveria Cuttings Tree Conk Mushroom Shag & Feather Moss […]

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  • Beyond Basics: Using Asian Antiques in the Bathroom

    The beauty and history of Chinese objects can transform even the smallest, most unexpected spaces. Explore the possibilities of using Asian antiques in the bathroom. Here are a few ideas for you to try: 1. Use a 19th c. hand carved burled basket to contain tissues, toiletries, and more. 2. Utilized in ancient calligraphy practices, this […]

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  • Chinese Scholar’s Rocks: Twists & Turns

    The horticulturist and garden designer Gertrude Jekyll once said, “A garden is a grand teacher.” It’s fitting, then, that Chinese scholar’s rocks and stones should be sources of inspiration for the past thousand-odd years. Chinese scholars of antiquity were masters of painting, calligraphy, poetry, or ancient texts, and they saw stones as teachers, not only in […]

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  • Wen Zhenheng: Ming Dynasty Minimalist

    Wen Zhenheng was the Ming Dynasty’s Anna Wintour. A scholar from the late Ming period, Wen documented his philosophy of home design nearly 400 years before the advent of Vogue or Architectural Digest. His Treatise on Superfluous Things remains one of the era’s most compelling glimpses into classic Chinese interior design. Many scholars refer to the […]

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