The Zentner Collection is a little like SF's Fumiki's mix of contemporary and vintage Asian furnishings and art--but bigger. Chock full of exquisite Asian antiques and some new pieces as well, this 35,000-square foot Emeryville treasure house is a good place to visit if you're decorating in this vein or looking for a special accent piece.
We're impressed with the breadth and quality of the collection, which includes furniture, accessories, lighting, and art (prints, displayable antique clothing) from China, Japan, and Korea. The collection is vast and includes a large range of styles and periods. Individual pieces, all one-of-a kind, range from simple to ornate, from rough-hewn to delicate. Prices are on the high end, and so is quality.
This Chinese gray-green lacquered cabinet is $900. The soft, faded color gives the piece a contemporary lightness that would create subtle contrast in an otherwise modern and pale-paletted interior.
An Antique Japanese Marquetry Tansu, at $5400, is at the top end of Zentner's price range.
On the more everyday utility end, this 2-section antique Isho Tansu from Japan goes for $975.
Zentner's is also a good source for unique Japanese lanterns. This one is $115.
Add a new (but traditional) Korean kitchen cabinet ($1500) to your kitchen for distinctive pantry space. Zentner's catalogue is available online.