Not only is Biedermeier furniture an enticing style of home decor-its history is pretty interesting too! Like many forms of antique furniture, the Biedermeier style reflects the time in which it was built. Even though it originated in the early 19th century, expert craftspeople and cabinetmakers have kept the tradition alive by using its techniques to create lovely modern pieces.
The History of Biedermeier Furniture
This type of furniture became prevalent in Germany in the early 1800s. The rising German middle class began to invest more in their interior design. Demonstrating that typical German efficiency, they turned toward practical yet attractive forms of furniture. And so Biedermeier furniture was born. At EuroLuxHome.com, we believe that furniture tells a story. In this style of furniture, we step into the shoes of a 19th century resident of Berlin. And frankly, those folks had good taste in furniture.
Prior to this period, the only people who were able to afford high-quality furniture were rich nobles. They preferred luxurious, regal styles such as French Empire, Empire Style, Napoleon II, etc. The Biedermeier style takes influence from these, but offers a more understated, simplistic approach. It is luxury ornamentation combined with working class charm. Over time, this type of furniture design spread to Scandinavian countries such as Denmark and Sweden! The addition of Austrian and Swedish craftsmen during the Biedermeier period helped the style flourish!
Simple, Elegant Style
This type of furniture features solid woods such as fruitwoods and birdseye maple. This is because the original craftsmen of this style did not have access to material such as mahogany. You will find that a secretary desk, side table or dining table is as sturdy as they come. More advanced pieces, such as armoires and cabinets often feature inlays, and are among the most decorative pieces in this style. That’s because the original craftsmen took influence from from Neoclassical and Art Deco designers.
Many seating options, such as dining chairs and Biedermeier sofas, feature quality upholstery for added comfort.
Each piece in this style features a simple yet elegant beauty. The craftsmen who made these works of art clearly have an aesthetic touch- but they don’t feel the need to overdo it. This style is the middle class mentality, brought to life through elite carpentry. From writing desk to center table, Biedermeier chairs to a Biedermeier chest of drawers, this style is bound to impress.
If you’re interested in this style, you can check out our selection of Biedermeier pieces here!