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.

    • ‘Many of the playful motifs on these glasses hark back to those found in more straightforward form on rococo or Biedermeier glasses.’
    • ‘But he's willing to chat about the Biedermeier era and its inclusion in a play set in the rarified world of 1950s ‘Varsity.’
    • ‘The Biedermeier style in the decorative arts evolved in such cities as Vienna, Munich, and Berlin.’
    • ‘Despite regional variations Biedermeier style is therefore staid, sober, and particular, eschewing heroics and drama.’
    • ‘Is the dreadful late Biedermeier furniture really authentic?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘The Biedermeier age of cosiness and gemutlichkeit collapsed with the Revolutions of 1848.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Freud's consulting room was partially re-created, complete with his actual couch, antiquities collection, Biedermeier cabinet and Turkish rug.’
    • ‘In this case he allowed himself to be influenced by the Austrian Biedermeier style, but he intensified it.’
    • ‘Built in the Empire and Biedermeier styles, the grounds include a turf-roofed sauna and a chapel dating from 1925.’
    • ‘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 furnishings, which included many items by furniture maker Biedermeier, were part of a collection built up since the early 1990s.’
    • ‘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.’
    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).