Gong Xi Fa Cai!  Happy Chinese New Year and Welcome to 4710- the Year of the Dragon.  According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Dragon is a symbol of good fortune and intense power. Those born in the year of the Dragon (birth years of 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928) are to be honored and respected.  They are characterized as being strong, self assured, free spirited, eccentric, intelligent and passionate. Makes me wish I had not been born during the Year of the Pig!

Courtesy of Smashing Tube

This colorful creature has inspired artists and designers for centuries;  from ancient porcelain makers to contemporary interior and fashion designers.  Adding any dragon drama to an object or interior can transform it from ordinary to extradordinary.

18th Century Chinese Export Bowl
Courtesy of The Asian Arts Society
 Reinterpretaion of Chinese Export Porcelain
with a Contemporary Tea Cup
Courtesy of Meissen


Courtesy of Inson Wood
New York interior designer used Inson Wood used the Year of the Dragon as his inspiration for the Susan G. Komen Holiday Showhouse in New York City.  The lacquered red walls, pagoda shaped valances, and accessories all pay homage to the fiery creature.
Courtesy of Macau


This monumental dragon holds court over this Manhattan restaurant.
Chinese Stamp
Commemorating the Year of the Dragon
Even the artwork for the Chinese postage satmp is frame worthy.
Courtesey of Chanel


This nail biting polish in Dragon red can liven up any hand.
Courtesy of Fashion Daily Magazine


Fashion designers Philip and David Blond won the prestigious prize from the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation last fall for their “great capacity for invention” with this dragon dress above.
May 2012 bring you all of the excitement and good fortune that the Year of Dragon promises!
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