As fashions ebb and flow there is one constant in design terms that always appeals to design cogniscenti – the formidable antique swedish biedermeier sofa

1800s antique swedish biedermeier sofa recovered in modern burberry fabric

The Swedish Biedermeier style grew out of copying the French Empire  style of the early 1800s just as the Gustavian style was influenced by the Louis XVI furniture from Versailles.

Just as King Karl Gustav of Sweden created the Swedish Gustavian furniture genre after spending some of his teenage years with Louis XVI the Sun King of France, the Swedish Biedermeier furniture style was patronised by Karl Johan the successor to the Swedish monarchy – who was actually french – hence the pervading french influence.

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As with its Gustavian predecessor, the Swedish Biedermeier style took elements of the French Empire styling such as the stunning show wood veneers and detailing but simplified it and made it less fussy than its french counterpart as well as adding more graceful curves – this is why Swedish Biedermeier furniture   is so much more popular than its German and Austrian Biedermeier counterpart that is so much more angular and heavy to look at.

You find Swedish Antique Biedermeier sofas in sizes ranging form 150cm-300cm and they are always richly veneered usually with quilted golden birch but sometimes with quilted mahogany, cherrywood and other show woods.

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The mahogany veneers always have a darker red brown highly polished finish while the sort after golden birch sofas have the much loved honey colour french polish finish that is the precursor to the classic honey colour finish of the Swedish art deco furniture movement – 1920s-1940s – where you have the addition of the classic ‘intarsia’ greco roman inlays like on this lovely swedish art deco desk

swedish antique art deco desk

 

 

 

 

 

You will generally find that the swedish Biedermeier sofas have fully sprung seats topped usually with straw (for the earlier ones) and webbed backs – we replace the straw with a combination of natural fibre, horsehair, cortel and white felt to build the seat to a perfect dome.

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The only variant on this is where you have a bench seat which is a plank base with top stuffed seat pad – less comfortable than the fully sprung ones

You can see our collection of antique swedish biedermeier sofas here – contact us for prices with the SF number of the sofa you like

 

 

 

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Antique Swedish Biedermeier Sofas
Article Name
Antique Swedish Biedermeier Sofas
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We look at the enduring popularity of Swedish Biedermeier sofas and how well they fit modern design ethos.
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swedish interior design

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