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Swedish style furniture

1770-1785 Under Gustav III , Sweden began to develop a strong neo classical furniture style concentrating on symmetry, straight lines columns and Greco-Roman motifs.
1810-1830 King Carl XIV Johan (who was actually French)
The Empire furniture style again draws on Roman Antiquity for inspiration but has a much more martial, linear. Furniture designers use dark and polished wood like Mahogany and inlays and carvings.
1897 Sweeden's new industrial capacity was magnificently demonstrated at the Sockholm Exibition of 1897 organized by the Svenska Sl¡¦df¡¦eningen (Swedish Society of Industrial Design).
Modern life forging links between design, manufacturing industry and marketing. The concept of Existenzminimum (living in the minimum space) was one of the key themes shared with other avant-garde designers.
1930s unfolded a somewhat less austere, yet contemporary furniture style.
Known as Swedish Modern, it more readily embraced natural materials such as wood.
The dark winters and early nights and small windows of Sweden are the cause for their preferences to light colors, bright lighting and light-colored unfinished woods, pale colors and furnishings as well as reflective surfaces and minimal clutter.
White and blue are by far the most popular colors in the Swedish style furniture.
The woods used in floors, cabinetry and furnishings are almost always the lighter woods such as beech, birch, alder and elm and are often ¡¦whitewashed¡¦ or lightly stained with white or pale tints.
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