Empire Style

Empire Style

After the French revolution, design shifted away from the previous royal dictates of design.

Napoleon & Josephine Bonaparte and their court were now dictating style.

This new style was named “the Empire Style”, lasting from 1804 until about 1820 in Europe and later in America.

Empire furniture and interior design reflected masculinity and military victories.

The pieces of furniture could be massive, built in rectangular shapes and had an architectural look.

Some pieces folded, symbolizing a military campaign usage.

Egyptian and Roman victory themes were used and were often designed with military symbols: like curved saber legs, trumpets, shields, eagles, swords, winged lions and wreaths.