Biedermeier to Bauhaus

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Harry N. Abrams, Apr 1, 2001 - Architecture - 191 pages
"Given access to private houses - cottages, palaces, town houses, artist's studios, and rural retreats throughout Germany and Austria - many of which have never been photographed before, author Sigrid Sangl presents gilded wood-paneled parlors and richly colored seventeenth-century textiles; exuberant Baroque stucco work; eighteenth-century Rococo fantasies from castles and summer palaces; the intense reds and bright blues of the Classical revival; Biedermeier living rooms with elegant ebonized tables and chairs; romantic neo-Gothic tracery; the ornamental curves of Jugendstil - the German counterpart of Art Nouveau - and the pure functionalism of the Bauhaus. Spanning the Baltic to the Alps and Dusseldorf to Dresden, these astonishingly varied and authentic interiors are seen as different strands of a complex but characteristic decorative heritage.".

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The terms Biedermeier, which refers to the late 18th-century German interpretation of neoclassicism, and Bauhaus, which refers to the ultramodern design of post-World War I, are frequently mentioned ... Read full review


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Barbara and Reni Stoeltie both began their careers as artists and gallery owners. With Reni as photographer and Barbara as writer, they have been collaborating on interior design articles since 1984, contributing to such influential magazines as Vogue, The World of Interiors, AD, Elle, House and Garden, Country Living, and House Beautiful.

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