Friday, January 04, 2008

Neoclassical Style

photo from 1stdibs.com

I was recently reading a post on Poppytalk's blog on Neoclassical design trend that inspired me to write about it.

Canadian House & Home's 2008 Trend Issue shows some fun, current images of decorating with Neoclassical style. I just love the look and have vintage pieces in my home and offered on my website.

Originating in the late 18th Century, Neoclassical design is inspired by the architecture of Ancient Greece and Rome.

photo from 1stdibs.com

photo from 1stdibs.com


Neoclassical furniture is characterized by restrained, symmetrical design and tends to be rectangular. Art Deco is a decorative style emerging in the 1930's from French origins and inspired by a Neoclassical influence.


photo from parishotelboutique.com

I just love the Greek key motifs, geometric shapes and lines of Neoclassical design. I think Canadian House & Home has it right. It really isn't a trend though. It can be integrated in any decor from modern to traditional and never go out of style.


photo from 1stdibs.com



photo from parishotelboutique.com

This is my favorite acquisition! A vintage Neoclassical style chair from the famous Crown Room at the Fairmont Hotel atop Nob Hill in San Francisco. It is quite rare and dates to c. 1960. I have some in my home and was thrilled to acquire this. The "magical" Crown Room was renovated in the late 1990's and is now used for meeting and conferences. I acquired my first "Crown Room" chair at a flea market many years ago and have been on the "hunt" ever since then! Ten years later, I have 4 in my home and one offered on my website. I left the original paint in tact and had them upholstered to match the original upholstery. Sorry that these lovely chairs are no longer at the Fairmont, but happy to have my own! They are the epitome of Neoclassical design and with the hotel history, I couldn't be happier!

6 comments:

Alkemie said...

I absolutely LOVE the glossy black dresser!!! Nice collection you've gathered here!

Lynn said...

Thanks Alkemie!

A Bit Of Paris 2 U said...

Lynn,
I adore your style and eye. Very classy, fun and sophisticated. I would love to mentor under you for just one weekend in Cali. You are so talented and inspiring to me. Thank you for this beautiful post! Alys

Lynn said...

Thanks Alys for your sweet comments! I really appreciate it! Saw both your websites via Kathy and congrats! They are beautiful. All the success to you!!

Tracie said...

Lynn,
Love the Fairmont chair. I used to go there with my family for special occasions, brings back some lovely memories of my Dad.

You're correct, too bad they're not there anymore, but have found someone to appreciate what they're all about. We're all just caretakers of lovely things!
Tracie

Christine in DC said...

Great round-up. I never realized I liked neoclassical until picking up a book with style definitions in it, and realized I loved the pictures and recognized elements of my own place!