Chinoiserie & Interiors

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Course overview

CHINOISERIE is a French word that means “in the Chinese taste”. It  describes a European style of decorative ornament that was wildly popular in the 17th and 18th centuries. Modern-day interiors are also embracing a similar mixture of East and West, incorporating idyllic elements particularly favored in the Rococo period with bold colors, whimsical designs, and a splash of exotic with key motifs such as Chinese figures, pagodas and romantic flowers.

This one-day workshop includes a lecture at Insight School, followed by a visit to Sum Ngai

MORNING SESSION:  Lecture at Insight School. In this lecture, you will:

  • Explore the scenes of the Orient abound on textiles, wallpapers, pottery, porcelain, lacquered and painted furniture.
  • See how iconic designers have used Chinoiserie in their design projects
  • Discover inspirational ways to boost your home’s style IQ with key Chinoiserie decorative styles

AFTERNOON SESSION: Visit Sum Ngai Brass Factory, Kam Tin 

  • Sum Ngai Brass Factory is a third-generation family business and was patronised by Prince Charles and the last colonial Governor Chris Patten, so that dates this. It is located in Kam Tin, in the New Territories and it hasn’t moved from its spacious courtyard on the Kam Sheung Road, since opening. Originally focusing mostly on traditional bronze and brass ware Sum Ngai has expanded to a wide range of Chinoiserie objects and furniture.
  • Meet the team behind Sum Ngai and discover one of the rare historical manufacturers of Chinoiserie products in Hong Kong.
  • Explore a selection of objects such as ornamental animals, birds and statues, to lamps, cloisonné bowls, figurines, feng shui and Chinese horoscope items, garden and indoor lighting, lampshades, porcelain as well as painted and lacquered furniture. A great place to source any item for a Chinoiserie inspired interior at an affordable price.



  • No previous interior design experience needed.

Tuition fees

Student feedback

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Enjoyed more historically based material - Very interesting.

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Jennifer Dearle , April 2018

Please let me know when this course is next on.