What exactly is Biedermeier Design?
Certainly one of the most recognizable Biedermeier styles is the dining chair. Generally, this is marked by a curved-fan seat back that narrows from the base of the chair and expands into a decorative finish. Likewise, even when a traditional tiered-plank square back is used, the wood is curved so that the back arches to some degree.
A Biedermeier chest, which can also double as a sideboard, is ultimately another one of the most popular pieces to recognize this iconic style. This piece shown here from German antique dealer Felix Bachmann exemplifies many of the style’s attributes. To demonstrate, notice the multiple drawers. Generally, this organizational feature was common for a Biedermeier chest. It also has varying shades of wood and distinguishing curves.
A Biedermeier sofa ultimately speaks to the most elegant aspect of the style. With its curved sides ending in a comma shape and co-joining curved base, the Biedermeier sofa is also timeless in its beauty. Moreover, it’s easy to see how with modern upholstery and ample cushions this sofa not only imbues awe but also conveys a sense of comfort expected in today’s home furnishings.
Equally, if not more so, the Biedermeier desk is practical. Additionally, it generally has the dual purpose of serving as a desk and designed with the purpose of eliminating clutter. For instance, a key feature of a Biedermeier desk is that it folds away either via a drop-down writing surface or opens via side doors that reveal the drop down there. When not in use, this handy piece of furniture stands dignified and enticing to gaze upon.