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Style Files: The History of Upholstery

Have you ever sat down on a cool, silk cushioned chair on a hot summer day or snuggled up on a wool loveseat in the middle of the winter and said, “thank goodness for upholstery?” Ok, maybe not. But it is pretty fantastic that we no longer have to sit down on stone slab benches when we want to take a seat. Perhaps you’ve never actively thought about upholstery but think about it for a moment. Think about the intricate details of your favorite armchair or your family’s sofa. Have you ever wondered what it would look like underneath the fabric? There are layers of framework, webbing, springs, and hours of labor that went into providing you with that piece of furniture. The history of upholstery is as intricate as the process of upholstering. Continue reading

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Style Files: Biedermeier Furniture

Biedermeier furniture was born from utilitarian principles in Germany during the years 1815 to 1848. Throughout the beginning of the Biedermeier period there was an emphasis on very little ornamentation and clean lines. As the period progressed the Biedermeier style moved away from Romantic-era rebellion and became increasingly ornate. The reason for the change in style was due to the rising middle class who was eager to show off their wealth with ornate, heavy furniture and classical design. Continue reading