SA: Chinoiserie is a common thread in your work. How can people bring this element into their own homes and make it look appropriate? CM: You can start with something as simple as a chinoiserie tea caddy, a tray, a screen, or a wallpaper panel framed as a piece of art. A black lacquered secretary is a good choice because it's not as bold as a whole room done in chinoiserie, like my dining room in New York. I'm drawn to this style for its exotic nature. I love the characters and landscapes because they all tell a story. The same is true for a chinoiserie toile; it wants to have a conversation with me, and I love that.
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