It’s easy to spend more time in these gallery-like spaces than you were planning to, taking in the splendor of the unusual pieces owner Betsy Nathan finds on frequent trips to China (she studied in Beijing for several years). Marshall Erb, Michael Del Piero, Laurel Feldman, Bruce Gregga, and other top designers often turn to Pagoda Red when outfitting showhouse and residential rooms. We especially love some of the antique—yet thoroughly modern—lacquered wooden chairs. The Scholar’s Garden behind the Winnetka store is a gorgeous showcase for Chinese garden statuary and vessels.
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