Painted prominently on building exteriors, decorating the spine of books, or etched into a stealth location in the kitchen, here is a look at Chinese hanzi and Japanese kanji lettering as decor.
Above: A quote from Chinese philosopher Laozi, via Behance.
Above: Tea towels in a Scandinavian kitchen on Sköna Hem.
Above: Boxes painted with Japanese calligraphy; via D. Watson on Flickr.
Above: The LA home of David Cruz of Blackman Cruz, via Elle Decor, features an early 20th century Japanese screen.
Above: A hallway at the Groenhoven Estate in Belgium.
Above: The interior of the Old China Cafe in Kuala Lumpur.
Above: A kitchen detail by photographer Jordi Canosa.
Above: A privacy screen in a bath in China from Marie Claire Maison.
Above: A bookshelf in the Tokyo home of Vivienne Sato on The Selby.
Above: The exterior of Maison des Trois Thes in Paris; photo via L'Heure de l'Ete.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on October 30, 2009, as part of our Home Cooking issue.