While Biedermeier can be said to be an obverse of the Empire style, it, however, wasn’t completely removed from it. The playful, stylistic forms despite being poetic had scarce to no decoration. Biedermeier interior environment comprised seating ensembles to encourage mellow discussions on poetry, art, music, and philosophy.
Robust construction, whimsical geometry, playful curves, small proportions, and domestic utility are the salient features of Biedermeier furniture and interior accessories. Light wood such as maple, cherry, birch, pear, and ash supplanted dark mahogany. Furniture surfaces train spotlight on the grain of the wood, featuring discreet design elements like inlay or turnery. Earlier versions of the furniture were a result of individual workmanship as industrialization hadn’t quite spread its tentacles in Central Europe and the craftsmen’s workshops produced furniture that relied solely relied on their manual skills as opposed to machines.
There’s a reason why Biedermeier furniture is enjoying a resurgence. Its clean lines, function-led design, and unadorned surfaces are as much at home with contemporary homes as they are in traditional schemes.