In recent years, the Biedermeier style has become increasingly popular… and there’s no wonder why! This style is being used by designers and architects as inspiration in their own work, some of the more notable being Robert Venturi, Charles Jenks, Michael Graves and Milo Baughman.
Biedermeier furniture is also catching the eye of collectors, its style being a beautiful addition to modern homes. Biedermeier antiques are known for their petite proportions and bonus functionality, something many designers are seeking as the finishing touch to their designs.
Here are some of my favorite uses of Biedermeier design!
The Biedermeier period lasted from the fall of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815 until the French Revolution of 1848. It was during this time that Europe began its awakening in the infusion of interior design and elegant simplicity. Biedermeier design utilizes delicate furniture, exotic textiles and silver and porcelain mastery, all while revealing its influence from the campaign of Napoleon.
The mantra behind Biedermeier design is that a room is an elegant environment with a focus on construction and function. A room will have a collection of objects with stunning beauty and small seating areas with the intention of inspiring philosophical discussion of the arts.
Biedermeier furniture is characterized by clean, simple lines and petite and elegant funcional forms (you know how much I love beautiful pieces that also serve a purpose!). What it lacks in embellishment, the style makes up for in beautiful wood veneers. In the early years of the Biedermeier period, pieces were crafted from dark mahogany woods. However, in later years the future started becoming fashioned from lighter woods such as birch, grained ash, and cherry.
The term Biedermeier was actually coined after a fictitious poet. The fictional Biedermeier sarcastically described the style of clean lines and shapes that was in every home of his time. Bieder, or unpretentious or plain, and Meier, a common German surname, became Biedermeier, and thus we have this wonderful style today!
What do you think of the Biedermeier style? Have you used it in your designs? I’d love to hear about it!