Sunday, October 28, 2012

Country Swedish - Fine Gustavian Reproductions

Last Thursday had me in Connecticut picking up a dining room table for a client at Country Swedish. I relish every opportunity to visit the showroom and see what treasures are currently in house. Owner Cecilia Dahlbeck, who has been at the company's helm for the last 10 years, kindly lets me also nose around the warehouse.

This Gustavian Daybed upholstered in cheerful yellow is utterly charming.



Drawing inspiration from 18th-century Scandinavian and European designs, the Gustavian period in particular, the company's fine reproductions are designed with careful attention to scale, proportion and ornamentation but made to suit modern living. The Maglö Armchair is a perfect example of the exquisite details Country Swedish is known for.



The furniture is produced in Sweden by craftspeople preserving the tradition of Scandinavian furniture making and design. The company's beds, here the Vasa and Christinelund styles, are absolutely stunning.


Each piece in the collection is unique and individually crafted from the highest quality raw materials - traditional woods such as beech, birch and pine - using techniques and skills practiced by a select group of artisans. Cabinetry features dovetail joinery.


This is my own Sorgenfri Desk and Gustavia Chair. I love that the interiors of the drawers are painted. This attention to detail is a hallmark of Country Swedish.


In the showroom, a Sofiero Breakfront Cabinet.


The quality of its painted finishes sets Country Swedish apart from all other manufactures of reproduction Swedish furniture. There is no equal in the marketplace.


And lest you think all the finishes are variations of grey and white, here is the Gyldenholm Corner Cabinet in blue. See the many available finishes and colors here.


This child's Astrid Chair is absolutely darling and the contemporary fabric which the seat is upholstered with shows how versatile this style of furniture really is. It works in formal or informal and traditional or contemporary interiors.


To see the entire Country Swedish collection visit the website. In addition to furniture the company has a gorgeous array of mirrors - I have a serious weakness for these - as well as fabrics, wallpaper and rugs. And feel free to contact me for more information.

24 comments:

  1. Thank you for this wonderful tour. I absolutely love everything you featured and m off to visit the Country Swedish site!

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  2. The detailing is exquisite. Love the yellow and white check too.

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  3. Beautiful Phyllis. Love the day bed with the gingham, so pretty!

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  4. Hi, Phyllis - There used to be a very pretty Country Swedish showroom at the DC Design Center. So glad to know they are in CT now. Will have to visit the next time I'm up that way.
    xoxo
    Loi

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  5. Beautiful pieces! I am smitten with that daybed! I have just the perfect spot for it. x Sharon

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  6. What amazing work. Love the Breakfront cabinet! - Tonya

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  7. Beautiful pieces Phyllis and lucky you to get to wander the warehouse. That daybed is fabulous!

    XXX
    Debra~

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  8. Such beautiful furniture, Phyllis. I wouldn't have guessed the furniture was reproduction since the detailing is so lovely, I thought it all looked like very well preserved antique pieces. The Maglo Armchair and the child's chair are my favorites. So pretty, thanks for the tour.
    Karen at Garden, Home and Party

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  9. Okay Phyllis, I'm headed over to their website, what beautiful furniture! How would you describe the difference between the Swedish and French painted finishes, it's so subtle (but you know it, the difference, when you see it) I can't put my finger on it....

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    1. I could tell you the textbook difference between the French and Gustavian furniture styles, but as for this paint finish, I can only describe it as ‘multidimensional’ – even before accent colors or gilding is added. Rather than being flat and one dimensional, the Country Swedish finish is layered and textured.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      All best,
      Phyllis

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  10. My heart stopped....the furniture is beautiful.

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  11. Phyllis

    That daybed is perfection personified. Love the upholstery...I have a client that would kill for that one! lovely post

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  12. I adore that day bed...Their furniture is wonderful!

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  13. All this furniture is really beautiful!

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  14. So many beautiful finishes, simple elegance,
    Kathysue

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  15. These are great reproductions! It's hard to find a great reproduction and I see why you love this place!! I just LOVE Swedish/Gustavian pieces!

    Hope all is well beautiful lady!

    xx
    Desiree

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  16. Hi Phyllis,
    I absolutely love Swedish style and that last chair is so great because the whimsical print is so happy!
    xo
    Sharon

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    1. Phyllis such a treat and truly I have never seen this quality of style and finishes!

      xoxo
      Karena
      Art by Karena
      2012 Artists Series

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  17. What a great line of furniture! I love Swedish style furnishings as well and hope to start incorporating a few in my home!

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  18. Hi Phyllis,
    Am catching up with my wash and my favorite bloggers after my week in Italy. Love the ski house, but Country Swedish is something for me to admire in your images and Loi's. I'm just not there yet, but may be soon as I admire both your oh-so-Swedish and spare interiors. Off to fold more laundry.
    b

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  19. Hi Phyllis,
    Am catching up with my wash and my favorite bloggers after my week in Italy. Love the ski house, but Country Swedish is something for me to admire in your images and Loi's. I'm just not there yet, but may be soon as I admire both your oh-so-Swedish and spare interiors. Off to fold more laundry.
    b

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  20. I fell in love with Country Swedish several years ago when one of their daybeds was in a Traditional Home feature. Their pieces are so beautiful. I should own one someday... hmmm...

    Keri

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  21. Beautiful pieces. I especially love the breakfront and I would love a couple of those beds. Thank you for visiting my bog!

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  22. Lovely style and pictures! :)

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