Category Archives: Styylish History

The Remarkable Natural Art of Dutch Marquetry Furniture

Dutch Marquetry Furniture- Styylish

Dutch Marquetry furniture embodies the very best of antique European design objects. With some of the most intricate and awe-inspiring wood designs in 18th and 19th-century furniture making, Dutch artisans set the standard for Northern European design. Now you can bring their artful crafts into your modern home. In today’s blog, we will explore the most […]

Jean-Henri Riesener and the Formulations of Late Baroque Style

Jean Henri Riesener- Desk of Marie Antoinette- Styylish

The work of German cabinetmaker Jean Henri Riesener (he worked primarily in France) exemplifies the transition between the Baroque and Neoclassical styles. Notable for his exquisite use of Baroque-style decorative elements in the context of more rigorously geometric pieces, Riesener made a name for himself at the court of Louis XVI. Indeed, he was said […]

Seeing Stripes: The Features of Tiger Oak Furniture

Baroque Side Table- detail of carved rocaille- styylish

Tiger oak furniture is a 19th-century favorite. Featuring visible lines in their veneer, pieces of tiger oak relate to the regal predator only in that regard. But their elegance and timeless appeal match the grace of the animal. In today’s blog, we will explore the history and characteristics of tiger oak furniture and see how it […]

Cross-Continental Glamor: French Empire Furniture in Context

French Empire Furniture- Styylish

French Empire furniture is characterized by its visual power. Coinciding with Napoleon’s conquests of Europe, it brings a slice of his empire into every room it adorns. Here at Styylish, we want to inspire you to connect the treasures of that period with contemporary pieces and ideas. Empire pieces do not have to be intimidating. […]

Floral Furniture: Exploring Nature-Inspired Furniture Design

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Floral furniture speaks to the heart. Embracing organic qualities and nature in interior design can open up the emotional capacity of a room and make your home feel purposefully warm and stylish. And it’s a common thread that unites furniture styles throughout history. In today’s blog, we want to explore that common thread and follow […]

A Place of Gathering: A Closer Look at the Biedermeier Table

Biedermeier Table- Interior with table and chairs- Styylish

Today’s blog focus, the Biedermeier Table, is perhaps the purest expression of Biedermeier design philosophy. It’s well represented in the Styylish catalog. Indeed, of all the wide varieties of products in our carefully selected stock, it’s the style and shape we have the most of. It’s an exceptionally popular period for tables. That is not […]

What is an Antique Commode? Uncovering a European Favorite

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The antique commode is one of the more elusive pieces of furniture in the Styylish catalogue. Often misidentified and confused for something else, it is both widely sought after and widely misunderstood. How can that be? First and foremost, the commode has a variable definition. It is the proper term for the antecedent of the […]

Anything But Sleepy: The History of Antique Nightstands

Antique Nightstands- Styylish

An antique nightstand might be just what your bedroom needs. Also known as bedside tables, or nightstand end tables, nightstands have a fascinating history and timeless functionality. From the 19th century onwards, through art deco and mid-century modern, they have served an essential role in the history of homes everywhere. In today’s blog, we will […]

Room for Learning: The Antique Bookcase in Focus

Antique Bookcase- Styylish

No object embodies the mission of Styylish more fully than an antique bookcase. Inherently useful, and (literally) filled with stories, they are among the most elegant and tasteful additions you can make to a modern home. Recently, on our blog, we have been exploring how artisan objects interact with the social movements of their time. […]

Beauty on the Moors: Exploring the Worpswede Artist Colony

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The Worpswede Artist Colony in the German state of Lower Saxony has been a breeding ground for creative pursuits for over a century. Its presence has had a profound effect on craftsmanship in the region. In today’s blog, we will explore the history of the colony and how it impacted the furniture craft in Lower […]