The Rococo Period

by Liza Laserow

Rococo Armchair used as an accent chair in a dining room

Danish Rococo side chairs reupholstered with black leather

A set of 4 Swedish Rococo armchairs upholstered according to the original way

The style developed in Paris in the early part of the 18th century as a reaction against the grandeur, symmetry and strict regulations of the previous period: Baroque and opted for a more fun, free and graceful approach. Designs were rich with asymmetrical, ornate and curvy details. The colors were creamy, pastel-like and or gilded. Rooms were designed with elegant and ornate furniture, small sculptures, ornamental mirrors, and tapestry, reliefs, and wall paintings – all in the same coordinated and elegant style. The furniture was lighthearted, physically and visually. They were made to be moved around in the room in the contrary to baroque’s heavy and static interiors. Everything should be comfortable so the fauteuils and sofas were upholstered with puffy cushions.

The swedish Rococo compared to the French is a simplified version with less details. It only lasted for 25 years between 1750-1775.

Period is named after the word Rocaille, a shell shaped detail often used during the period.