The Swedish Room

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Celebrated for its soft palette, clean and spare look, and neoclassical European style underscored by rustic Scandinavian charm, the Swedish interior has been an endless source of imitation. The Swedish Room guides the reader through more than two hundred breathtaking images and an authoritative accompanying text which focus on those special features of the traditional Swedish room that have made it one of the major influences in decorating today.

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Overview

Celebrated for its soft palette, clean and spare look, and neoclassical European style underscored by rustic Scandinavian charm, the Swedish interior has been an endless source of imitation. The Swedish Room guides the reader through more than two hundred breathtaking images and an authoritative accompanying text which focus on those special features of the traditional Swedish room that have made it one of the major influences in decorating today.

Whether in a royal guest room or a farmer's kitchen, the traditional details — wide-board, unpolished wooden floors, simple checked or striped fabrics, the elegant outlines of a Gustavian chair, and the gleaming tiles of a ceramic stove — all work to delight the eye.

Ursula and Lars Sjoberg trace the development of the quintessential Swedish room from the seventeenth century through its heyday in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries to its reinterpretations today. With glorious photographs by Ingalill Snitt, The Swedish Room is both a source of practical decorating ideas and an irresistible voyage of discovery through some of the world's most appealing interiors.

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"The Swedes have long been some of the cleverest colorists around, as Lars and Ursula Sjoberg reveal in their new book."

— Town and Country

"[Here are] inspiring images of rough-edged but strangely regal eighteenth-century farms, Country houses, and city mansions. Poetic, accessible juxtapositions abound. Homespun gingham checks upholster Versailles-style chairs. Town houses display humble whitewashed walls, while artful stenciling decorates their country cousins."

— Mitchell Owens, New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679758396
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/2/1996
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.98 (w) x 9.85 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
1640-1720, The Stirrings of International Style: The impact of Italian Baroque and French absolutism 8
1720-1750, New Alignments: Late Baroque and the influence of England and the Orient 22
1750-1770, Progressive Refinements: The spread of French Rococo and the appeal of the exotic 40
1770-1790, Elegance and Enlightenment: The Gustavian style 64
1790-1820, Urbane Sophistication: The influence of Neo-Classicism and the French Empire 90
Spas and Summerhouses: Holiday homes on lakeshores and islands 114
The Rural Tradition: Itinerant painters in Dalarna, Halsingland and Gastrikland 140
The Past as Inspiration: Restoring and recreating period homes 158
List of Suppliers 188
Index 189
Acknowledgments 192
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