BeidermeierDecember 9, 2011
Smoothly polished surfaces, restrained decoration, the use of materials with characteristic patterns and great durability, Beidermeier is not just furniture, It is art. Some of our fans might remember a mention about Beidermeier in previous posts. This style has a significant influence on our furniture design.
This furniture style should not be imagined as an individual movement, but rather as a series of ideas encompassing most of the 19th century German speaking lands. Even though Biedermeier is not a traditional Anglo-Saxon style, it often appeals to people in creative professions such as advertising and the music and film industries. Biedermeier designs were simplified forms of the French Empire and Directoire styles and of some 18th-century English styles, and were often elegant in their utilitarian simplicity. Nowadays Biedermeier has become very popular due to its timeless design and therefore collectors enjoy this style of furniture with lasting appreciation. Its high functionality and simple forms suits today’s modern sense of living but with a traditional form of craftsmanship.
In Biedermeier furniture, the choice of wood was of primary importance. Smooth, flat surfaces with little or no carving were typical, so that the grain of the wood became the most important element of decoration. After the wood choice, there is a strong influence of Classicism in the lines being obviously derived from Greek or Roman architecture. It is a rebellion against the overly ornate, a clean departure from fussy design with sweeping classical lines, strong scale and balanced proportions. This style is sleek and allows the artwork to have a voice that speaks for itself.