The World of Biedermeier

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"The hundreds of color photographs by Lois Lammerhuber set a new standard for design and furniture photography. Linda Chase's engaging text, which includes interviews with leading experts and museum curators, is the most comprehensive account available of this influential and vital style." Biedermeier furniture and interior design are recognized today as the first great flowering of haute bourgeois taste in interior decoration. Beginning in the early nineteenth century, these ideals in design were pursued by a wide range of society, from the
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Overview

"The hundreds of color photographs by Lois Lammerhuber set a new standard for design and furniture photography. Linda Chase's engaging text, which includes interviews with leading experts and museum curators, is the most comprehensive account available of this influential and vital style." Biedermeier furniture and interior design are recognized today as the first great flowering of haute bourgeois taste in interior decoration. Beginning in the early nineteenth century, these ideals in design were pursued by a wide range of society, from the Habsburgs and Hohenzollern to the middle class throughout Central Europe. The style ranges from celebrations of comfort, domestic intimacy, and practicality to highly embellished pieces designed for public display. Biedermeier's innate classicism, its often lyrical, yet elegant forms, have made it an influential inspiration that is truly timeless.
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In The World of Biedermeier, interior designer Linda Chase (coauthor, In the Romantic Style) and German antiques maven Karl Kemp explore "the first great flowering of the haute bourgeois," a German era and style named for a cartoon character, Gottlieb Biedermeier, a schoolteacher and poet from small-town Germany invented by the publishers of a satirical magazine. This period, also known as the Pre-March Period, the Restoration, the Age of Goethe, etc., was an extremely difficult time to be living in Europe; stagnant, depressed times were replaced by bloody, frightening times after Napoleon crowned himself emperor. Here, the authors and photographer Lois Lammerhuber present a lavish tribute to the castles, table settings, "austere and simple" furniture and master Biedermeier craftsmen such as Karl Friedrich Schinkel. This lovely collection will be devoured by art historians and interior designers as well as by the House and Garden crowd. 200 color illus. (Nov. 2) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500510551
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 9.92 (w) x 12.68 (h) x 1.46 (d)

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