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CLASSIC STYLES

Trends have come and gone while the times have changed, and today, we are able to pick the best parts of the trends from thepast and sometimes incorporate them with new designs and methods.In this section, we will guide you through some of the most well-known styles.

BAROQUE

The first crystal chandelier came to its being during the style period of the Baroque, during the first half of the 17th century. This was a time when everything would be romanticized and dramatized as it was popular to move as far away as possible from reality in design. Houses and their interiors were lavish and extravagant – the more luxurious the better. Lines were soft, round and swirly. The crystal chandeliers of the Baroque era had lots of glass and many exclusive prisms such as wachtel and pendeloques as well as stars and bows. In the bottom, you would often find a cut, rounded pendant.

ROCOCO

After the Baroque period came the Rococo, which dominated in design during the mid-1700s. This was a happier and lighter period than the previous. The inspiration often came from mythological, pastoral and erotic themes. Crystal chandeliers from the Rococo period are often shaped like a cage, with a crisscross of glass pipes. The ornaments often consist of stars, pendeloques and bows. In the bottom you may find similar pendants to the ones that were used in Baroque chandeliers.

EMPIRE

During the 19th century, the Empire style period began to develop in France. This era was a late stage of neo-classicism. It was inspired by antique findings that were discovered in the excavations of the roman city of Pompeii, which was buried under ash after the outburst of the volcano Vesuvius in 79 AD. This style was influenced by strict and simple shapes, which in the beginning consisted of dark and muted colors, but later turned into brighter and lighter shades. The empiric crystal chandelier can be recognized by its shape with two circles – a smaller and a larger one – which are connected with vertical lines of prisms. In the bottom, it is common to find a crystal chain basket or hanging drops.

SWEDISH GUSTAVIAN

The Gustavian style era can be divided into two different periods: The High Gustavian period, which was around 1772-1785 and the Late Gustavian period, between 1785 and 1810. The latter had its golden age during the reign of Gustav III. Similarly to the Empire era, it was common to look back in history and move closer to the ideals of the antique period. Lots of festoons, laurel crowns and other elegant style elements were popular. Gustavian crystal chandeliers are indeed inspired by the empirical period, but differ in the aspect of being characterized by a spacious bottom, in contrast to the empirical varieties. The candle light arms are often shaped as horizontal number fives.

SWEDISH KARL JOHAN

The second Swedish empire-inspired variety is the Karl Johan style. This style came to life during the period when Karl XIV Johan, formerly known as Jean Baptiste Bernadotte, became the Swedish reign in 1810. The beautiful ornamental details of the empirical period were then combined with the light colors and simple shapes of the Gustavian style. The Karl Johan style is characterized by simpler and cleaner shapes than the one of the Empire, and in the bottom, we often find a glass bowl.l

NEW DESIGN

Every now and then, we like to get off the stage and let a skillful designer step in. This gives us the opportunity to take part in exciting meetings which can result in breathtaking creations and innovative solutions. Some of the crystal chandeliers we have created in cooperation with external designers have had great impact on the design world. - See more at: http://www.krebs.se/en/blog/about-crystal-chandelier/crystal-chandelier-styles#sthash.5nFAH6sg.dpuf

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