All About Biedermeier
WHAT IS BIEDERMEIER?
The name “Biedermeier” refers to an influential German style of furniture design that evolved from 1815–1848. These pieces were constructed of local materials such as ash, oak and cherry woods rather than the popular imported mahogany. These woods were then stained, completing the elegant and simplistic style.
HOW CAN YOU SPOT ONE?
These pieces were drastically different from their predecessors, with the main emphasis on utility and minimal ornamentation. Stoic, clean lines and clear-lacquered finishes made the Biedermeier chest one of the earliest forms of modern design. These timeless pieces are identifiable by signature, highlighted wood grains, and uncomplicated sophistication.