Swedish Neo Classical Design
As design trends carefully toward a warmer feel, we might revisit Swedish style, not to copy, to catch a mood. They adapted Louis XV and XVI with the same spirit of clarifying and simplifying that guides design today.
The mood is light, a bit severe and open, yet the pieces, taken one at a time, are beautifully detailed if sometimes misproportioned. The swedish version of the Greek klysmos chair, for instance, is casual, architectural, iconic. The slides are from a longer presentation at 98 Hazelton which you might recall if you attended.
This sette has more shape and restraint than French or Italian versions. It’s clearly the basis for the modern couch made popular by Andre Putman. Country simple yet gilded is an odd juxtaposition typical of Swedish style. Can you see it upholstered in linen or a bright colour with a fully stuffed cushion?
The chair on the left is Italian with full curves, the chair on the right with its stretched curves is French . The Swedish chair below them has country simplicity, a certain awkwardness of proportion and lots of charm.
This warm and livable adaptation of Swedish design is still rather literal. Designing goes farther than simple copying. One takes up a mood and a gesture, then turns to creating functional interiors for today.
Lois Macaulay, 98 Hazelton Avenue 416 921 1043