Neoclassical Now!

by Katie on March 8, 2011

While enjoying a lazy Sunday family dinner at my mother’s home and sipping on a delicious glass of wine (Cameron Hughes, Russian River, Lot 91. Just in case my uncle Doug or aunt Barb are reading!), my eyes gazed down to a green Wedgewood box sitting on a bookshelf in the family room. My mother has had it ever since I can remember. I guess it was passed down from her mother… I’ve never thought much about it.  But lately, I have been reading in interior design magazines and blogs talk about how everything old is now new again. This  green box got me thinkin’ about Neoclassical design style and how it’s used now in current design. According to Wikipedia, Neoclassicism is the name given to distinct movements in the decorative and visual arts, literature and architecture that draw upon classical art and culture, usually that of Ancient Greece or Ancient Rome.

So if there is any “old style” then Neoclassical would have to be one of the oldest!

Green Wedgwood Box

My mother's green Wedgwood Box

(Wedgewood is an unglazed stoneware that originally was stained blue, green, lilac or black, with white bas-relief appliques in classical themes such as ancient Roman, Greek or Egyptian mythologies.)

Here are some great examples of the Neoclassical style and how it is used in furniture and  interior design today.

Sweedish Gustavian furniture in Neoclassical style

Sweedish Gustavian furniture in Neoclassical style. Source: Country Living

Classical style greek key side chair

Classical style, Greek key chair. Source: Williams-Sonoma Home $995

Neoclassical inspried

Whoa, not sure if I dig the neon yellow paint, but I love the furniture. Source: House and Home

Swedish Gustavian Tub Chair

Very cute neoclassical side chair. Source: Amazon.com

Neoclassical inspired desk

Source: Studio Annetta

Neoclassical style bed

What a fantastic bed! Source: unknown

Neoclassical Klismos Chair

Niermann Weeks Scandinavian Neoclassical Klismos Chair. Source: www.theswedishfurniture.com

vintage neoclassical style boudoir lamps

Pairs Hotel Boutique

Source: Decor Pad

Hot pink neoclassical side chair

Love this hot pink and white neoclassical side chair. How cute would this be in a girls nursery? Source: Unknown

Jan Showers. Greek key mirrored demilune chest, Neoclassical style chairs

Source: Decor Pad (Dallas designer-Jan Showers)

Funky classical lamp

Oh, I'm loving this funky classcial style lamp! Source: www.revivalhomeandgarden.blogspot.com

Source: kristinaliforskandco.blogspot.com

Philippe Starck for Kartell Louis Ghost Chair, Crystal

Kartell, Ghost Chair. Source: Philippe Stark

 

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Jen Christmas March 10, 2011 at 11:04 am

I love so many of these pieces… I think some of my favs are the Greek key demilune chest, and this last ghost chair… (I remember the Hudson hotel in NY having those upstairs in the swanky bar.)

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alejandra March 15, 2011 at 8:59 am

kate, I i would love a standing clock like that white one!

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Katie March 18, 2011 at 9:52 pm

I could see a standing clock in your house! I have another post I am working on that has a very cool “Shabby Chic” standing clock. We should look for one!

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Meranda October 20, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Katie, Great Post! The “Very cute neoclassical side chair. Source: Amazon.com ” is a Wisteria chair. Is it available on Amazon? I didn’t think so, but I would be really excited if it was! I will have do some researching if Wisteria is now listing on Amazon The pink chair is also on amazon! Reproduction- but one of the only child chairs in french. Great post my dear~ Thanks for mentioning my site- The Swedish Furniture- Meranda

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Lori T. May 7, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Stunning . . love this site!! Thx!!

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