Gustavian Glory, French Style with Swedish Restraint

One of Manoir’s influences is the Swedish Gustavian style, a restrained interpretation of French neoclassicism. The combo of Swedish restraint and the French decorative style is the perfect pairing - calm, elegant and easy to live with. Think muted colors, furniture legs with scallop detailing, gilded chandeliers and large mirrors to maximize light during Sweden’s long winters. This photo is from designer Lars Bolander’s beautiful book Scandinavian Design.

 We love the way this furniture has detailing, including beautifully carved rosettes as well as an elegant silhouette, but it's not overdone due to the muted tones.  We have sought to create the same effect some of our pieces, including the Madeleine Sofa pictured below. The sofa has the same rosette detailing and fluted legs, but has a modern look with it's burnt oak frame and the crisp linen upholstery in a neutral color with burlap side detail.


Our Louis XVI Side Chair gives the same effect, with its carved, fluted legs and neutral linen upholstery. 

This fabulous Gustavian look pictured above is punctuated by wall hangings including the stunning boiserie with gilt gold accents as well as the portrait which hangs above it.  We have sought to recreate this look with our Portrait of Francois de Scepeaux and Empire Itaglio Panelings featuring Neoclassical motifs, which give a similar effect. 



Lastly, to complete the Gustavian look, add a gilt gold mirror like Manoir's Villecerf shown below to maximize light and create visual space.  

 Use these tips to create your own version of Gustavian glory!

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