Andrea Maaseide Design

Say Hej to simple beauty

Andrea MaaseideComment

Philippa and I were in IKEA the other day picking up the popular Kallax cube bookshelf (this replaced the even more popular Expedit unit) for a kids' study space we are working on.  IKEA pieces are simple, functional, and as everyone knows, from Sweden.  In fact, I'd bet that if you mentioned Sweden and furniture in the same breath, a lot of people would immediately think, "Oh, yes, IKEA!".  

But there's so much more to Swedish furniture than just IKEA.  Where would be without the simple beauty of Gustavian furniture?  During the 17th and 18th centuries, the Swedish aristocracy and Swedish King Gustav III imported furniture styles from France, Italy, and England.  The fusion of these styles with Swedish taste resulted in the the very popular Gustavian style that we know today.  Most would say that the Gustavian style is a pared back version of French neoclassicism.  

Today, Swedish Gustavian furniture, whether antique, or reproduction, offers the most beautiful pieces that go with just about everything.  

{Clockwise, from top left: Period Gustavian Daybed, Sweden, Circa 1770, Via 1stDibs;, Reproduction Gustavian Half Round Table, Via Modern History Furniture; Swedish Settee, Via Wisteria;  Swedish Mirror, Via Redford House, Hannah Chandlier, Via Currey & Co.; Gustavian Dining Chairs, Via One Kings Lane.

A Swedish Mora clock is a lovely Gustavian piece to add to an interior scheme.  It's a statement piece for sure, but its soft color and clean lines keep it from being too stuffy or overbearing.  

{Via Pinterest}

{Via Pinterest}

Antique and reproduction Mora clocks abound.  A simple google search can reveal plenty of sources and price points.

{Left: 19C Swedish Mora Clock, Via Tara Shaw Antiques; Right, Reproduction Style Mora Clock, Via Charlotte and Ivy}

The often light and bright palette of Gustavian style furniture also makes the style particularly appealing.  This good-looking library table holds its own among a sea of striking antique pieces.

{Via Veranda}

{Via Veranda}

I love this Gustavian secretary! in spite of it's heft, the space still feels nice and airy.  It would be perfect in a small home office.

A few more scenes to inspire you...

{An 18th C. Swedish Settee in a family room done up in a familiar Swedish color palette.  Via Traditional Home}

{An 18th C. Swedish Settee in a family room done up in a familiar Swedish color palette.  Via Traditional Home}

{This antique Gustavian apothecary cabinet is incredible! Via Traditional Home}

{This antique Gustavian apothecary cabinet is incredible! Via Traditional Home}

A bit of Gustavian romance.  Via Domaine Home.

A bit of Gustavian romance.  Via Domaine Home.

I'm such a huge fan of this period and the versatility of these classic pieces!  

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