Carl Larsson (1853-1919) was a Swedish artist who cast a long shadow over the way we live in our homes today. He is famous for his wonderful watercolours of his family, home and life. He, and his wife Karin, created a family ideal for generations to come, across the world.
They created a home of simple beauty, combining rural Swedish style with the Arts & Crafts movement, which Carl captured so well in his evocative interiors. Luckily for us his paintings were published at the time, and made him something of a star.
Their interiors are full of light, fresh light colour, sparse furnishings and works of art. It is the absolute charm and wonderful look of the rooms that has exerted such an influence over the years. He is as popular today as he was in his own day. This was our inspiration to reproduce some of their best work.
At the turn of the C19 / C20 The Studio magazine was the most influential,
influencing the new design trends across America and all of Europe. Larsson
was a reader, as is evidenced by his own design for his bed. It is close in
style to German beds of the time, which in turn were influenced by the likes
of CR Mackintosh ( see our similar Mackintosh bed).
"But I sleep well in my simple bed on top of straw and as soundly as a king in his state bed."( Carl Larsson - Ett Hem 1899).
The bed is a large single, though it would make a magnificent double. We have actually shown it as a double version lower down as well. It stands four square, exuding an air of solidity.It is painted white, with red curtain rails and headboard columns. The bed benefits from white curtains, as the original did. Carl's bed actually was modified over time, to include shelves, step, etc. The bed can also be supplied with a small storage chest, bench or shelf all attached to the bed as Carl did. It could also be painted a different colour if required.
Due to it's size, this proved a difficult piece to photograph, hence trying to show it against two different backgrounds. Made to order.
Shown in the painting of Carl's bedroom, behind the bed, is this washstand, made to his own design. It is a very simple yet elegant design, the colour matches the red of his bed. Made to order. The table shows our attempt to capture the total flavour of his interior, along with the items below. Size; Made to order.
We could also do the red painted bookshelves that ran around the top of the walls to such bold effect. They really add something to the interior. The turned columns of the shelves echo the turn columns of the bed head. The mirror is a similar case - in one painting Carl can be seen dressing himself in it. Of all the designer's work we reproduce, Carl Larsson's work, wit, attitude to living and interiors are the ideal.links; Carl Larsson Homepage