Many individuals are familiar with the term Feng Shui even if we don't know exactly what it means. The actual Chinese translation is "wind and water." However, it largely associated with Interior & Furniture layout and design. Yet, many designers have capitalized on our ignorance of Feng Shui.
Feng Shui began with the use of constellations as a guide for the construction in early China. It was used to determine the location and the proper time to build. Classical Feng Shui uses a luopan compass and a systematic method for construction and placement of buildings. New Age versions of Feng Shui were popularized in North America during the 1960's and were based largely on qi.
All Feng Shui is based on the Chinese way of appreciating nature and the connection between all things. The wind and water represents the invisible and the illusive, respectively. It is based on a balance of the Ying, Yang, qi, and the five elements. However, classical Feng Shui does not put as much emphasis on the qi and it is thought to have been more of a marketing tool for interior & furniture designers associated with the new age Feng Shui.
Qi is what new age Feng Shui is largely based upon. It is pronounced "chi" and many people believe that the flow of qi in their homes through interior & furniture design will bring harmony and balance to their daily lives. This way of thinking was first popular in the 1960's and made a small comeback in the 1990's in interior & furniture design.
Today, parts of the Chinese culture in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Malaysia still practice the art of Feng Shui in their interior & furniture design. However, many educated Chinese considered the practice sill superstition. Now, it is altogether illegal to practice Feng Chui in the People's Republic of China because of the potential for abuse and cons by designers.
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