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We believe that the peak of furniture design occured from the mid-17th to the end of the 18th centuries. This time period encompasses the dramatic carving and rich marquetry of the baroque style, strongly influenced by Louis XIV. Furniture from this period often featured busts and statuettes from classical mythology as well as arabesques and cornocopia. By the early part of the 18th century, corresponding with the reign of Louis XV, the extravegence of the baroque period become more muted and led to rococo designs. Furniture became lighter in appearance and motifs were often asymmetrical. Leaves, flowers, "C" and "S" scrolls were common ornaments. With the discovery of the remains of the ancient civilizations of Rome and Greece, an interest in this earlier architecture developed and spilled over to furniture design: neoclassical design. Lines became straighter, angles closer to 90o. Fluted columns became common features.

In Sweden at this time Gustav III became King; he was strongly influenced by what he saw on earlier visits to France and southern Europe and as such is mainly responsible for the Gustavian-style, similar to the French neoclassical furniture, perhaps a little simpler, with large use of the easily available birch, painted in a light grey. Using solid wood apart from birch was rare, but veneering (parquetry and marquetry) using exotic tropical hardwoods was common amongst the more exclusive furniture.

Equally impressive is the American interpretation of the British Chippendale style with its cabriole legs and ball-and-claw feet. In America the use of solid walnut, mahogany and cherry was common in the best furniture. These woods were readily available and generally the need for veneering was less. Elaborate marquetry designs are relatively rare in American furniture of the late 18th century.

Our passionate love for these styles is the reason for our focus on them in our work. We are happy to produce pieces similar to those that were created originally in another time. We also work with customers to create original pieces in the styles of the 17th and 18th centuries: the choice is yours.

Ordering

Unless, you live in south-mid Sweden, experience has revealed that the most comfortable way for you to order is by sending us an email with a description of what you are looking for. We are more than happy to provide advice if you don't feel your ideas are fully developed.

We will contact you to discuss your request. Pricing depends on the number of details, size, materials and any time constraints you may have. Work is started after an agreement about the materials, costs and timeframe for the work. Overseas customers please check VAT issues with your local tax authorities.

From ordering to achieving:

  • After an order has been made, a confirmation document detailing the commissioned work is sent to you for signing and paying the deposit. The deposit for commissioned work is usually 50% of the price.
  • After the commission has been completed, a photo is sent for your approval. Items are dispached after the full payment has been received.

If the commission is cancelled by a customer after the deposit has been paid, the deposit minus an administrative fee will be refunded providing the work has not been started. However, if the work has already been started the deposit will not be refunded.