Definition of Biedermeier in English:



  • Denoting or relating to a style of furniture and interior decoration current in Germany in the period 1815–48, characterized by restraint, conventionality, and utilitarianism.

    • ‘The furnishings, which included many items by furniture maker Biedermeier, were part of a collection built up since the early 1990s.’
    • ‘In the film, three college students try to balance their mutual attraction through the diligent study of golf, ballroom dancing, and Biedermeier furniture design.’
    • ‘The Biedermeier age of cosiness and gemutlichkeit collapsed with the Revolutions of 1848.’
    • ‘The fundamental concept of all Biedermeier furniture was flat planes of wood, ideal for the application of veneer, which, in turn, dictated the design of the object.’
    • ‘The Bohemian glass industry flourished in the Biedermeier period-from about 1815 to 1848-producing cut and enameled glass that was exported throughout Europe and widely imitated.’
    • ‘When the Biedermeier style emerged almost simultaneously, it was adopted only by the middle class.’
    • ‘Despite regional variations Biedermeier style is therefore staid, sober, and particular, eschewing heroics and drama.’
    • ‘The Biedermeier style in the decorative arts evolved in such cities as Vienna, Munich, and Berlin.’
    • ‘Built in the Empire and Biedermeier styles, the grounds include a turf-roofed sauna and a chapel dating from 1925.’
    • ‘Transparent enameled beakers in the Biedermeier style were manufactured in the late 19th and 20th centuries.’
    • ‘From the drawing room there's a good selection of Biedermeier furniture, the simpler, heavier version of French Empire style that took Vienna by storm in the first quarter of the 19th century.’
    • ‘Freud's consulting room was partially re-created, complete with his actual couch, antiquities collection, Biedermeier cabinet and Turkish rug.’
    • ‘Is the dreadful late Biedermeier furniture really authentic?’
    • ‘In this case he allowed himself to be influenced by the Austrian Biedermeier style, but he intensified it.’
    • ‘But he's willing to chat about the Biedermeier era and its inclusion in a play set in the rarified world of 1950s ‘Varsity.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the sofas offer examples of Biedermeier design, with one featuring an unusual arrangement of cupboards framing the seat that Catherine has used to display her favourite pieces of Monart glassware.’
    • ‘The Milwaukee Art Museum and the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin are organizing the first exhibition on the Biedermeier period ever to be seen in North America.’
    • ‘What of interiority in so-called Biedermeier painting, about which so much interesting work has been done in Germany, Austria, and Central Europe?’
    • ‘The tastes of this middle-class society are sometimes called Biedermeier, denoting a worthy, even cosy art rather than the revolutionary extravagances of the Romantics.’
    • ‘Many of the playful motifs on these glasses hark back to those found in more straightforward form on rococo or Biedermeier glasses.’
    conservative, traditional, traditionalist, conformist, bourgeois, old-fashioned, of the old school
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From the name of Gottlieb Biedermaier, a fictitious German provincial schoolmaster and poet created by L. Eichrodt (1854).