Biedermeier style (1815-1830) came about after the end of the Napoleonic wars in Germany, Denmark and Austria as a turning away from the French inspired over-the-top Rococo style. There was no Biedermeier; the name came from a combination of names that sifted down to mean Beider (Plain) + Meier (common German name, think Smith). Furniture for every day people, the bourgeoisie.
This simple Austrian walnut stool was made around 1820.
Klismos also reflects the row of overlapping semicircles found on this
early maple-veneer occasional chair, or “Laufsessel,” made in south Germany.
The curvaceous table was made in Vienna at the height of the
Biedermeier era out of precious walnut veneer.
by Stephanie von Fahnenberg, provides a glimpse of how people in the
Biedermeier period fashioned their interior spaces.
All furniture should be so plain, no?
All Biedermeier style images courtesy of Milwaukee Art Museum.
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2 thoughts on “Design Glossary: Biedermeier style”
Absolutely adore the Biedermeier style. The forms are so perfect, who needs ornamentation?
I did not know that is what the name meant. Very interesting.
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