Biedermeier

Biedermeier

[bee-der-mahy-er]
adjective
noting or pertaining to a style of furnishings common in German-speaking areas in the early to middle 19th century, generally existing as a simplification of the French Directoire and Empire styles, usually executed in fruitwood with much use of matched veneers, and often displaying architectural motifs.

Origin:
named after Gottlieb Biedermeier, imaginary author of poems actually composed by various writers and published in German magazine Fliegende Blätter from 1855 on

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Biedermeier (ˈbiːdəˌmaɪə)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to a decorative and furnishing style in mid-19th-century Germany, characterized by solidity and conventionality
2.  boringly conventional in outlook; bourgeois
 
[C19: after Gottlieb Biedermeier, a fictitious character portrayed as a conventional unimaginative bourgeois and the author of poems actually written by several satirical poets]

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Biedermeier
1854, from Ger., from Gottlieb Biedermeier, name of a fictitious writer of stodgy poems (invented by Ludwig Eichrodt as a satire on bourgeois taste); the name generally applied to styles prevalent in Germany 1815-48; also "conventional, bourgeois."
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