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.
early maple-veneer occasional chair, or “Laufsessel,” made in south Germany.
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 images courtesy of Milwaukee Art Museum.