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The Swedish Room
     

The Swedish Room

by Lars Sjoberg
 
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

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.

Praise for The Swedish Room

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679758396
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/02/1996
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.98(w) x 9.85(h) x 0.56(d)

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Meet the Author

Lars Sjöberg had a 36-year career at the National Museum in Sweden, and for many of those years he was Senior Curator in the Department of the Royal Castles Collections. During that time he worked on the exhibitions Empire Style, Thought and Form in Rococo and The Sun and the Polar Star(Stockholm and Paris). Since 1990 he has been a consultant onreproduction 18th-century furniture for the National Board ofAntiquities and IKEA. He is the author of over fifteen books,including The Swedish Room.Ingalill Snitt specializes in architecture and interior designphotography, and also directs television commercials. Herbooks of photography include Splendore di Sicilia, Swedish – Light,Shape, Architecture, Living in Norway and two with Lars Sjoberg:The Swedish Room and The Swedish House. Her work is regularlyfeatured in magazines including Elle, Marie Claire, Architectural Digest and The World of Interiors.Ursula Sjöberg, who is married to Lars Sjöberg, is a writer and an art historian who specializes in Swedish architecture and interior design of the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-centuries. She is a curator of fine art at Bukowski's auction house in Stockholm.

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