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Spegel, Spegel på väggen där: spegeln som inredningsobjekt under den gustavianska tiden och under funktionalismen
Gotland University, School of Culture, Energy and Environment.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Mirror, Mirror on the wall : the Mirror as an interior object during the gustavian period and during the functionalistic period in Sweden (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to examine how mirrors were hung and used in decorating a room during the gustavian period (1770-1810) and the functionalistic period (1930-1939) in Sweden. I have compared the two styles and the way of decorating with mirrors. Based on the comparison I deduced the differences and similarities. The material which the thesis is based on are three drawings and one painting depicting four gustavian rooms containing mirrors. To illustrate the functionalistic period I used four photos from the catalogue from the Stockholm exhibition in 1930. To explain the context this thesis also contains a discussion of the mirrors technical history and the frame designs during the two periods.

The questions I raised at the beginning of the thesis is how and were has the mirror been placed and is there a specific reason for this? Are there distinct differences between the two periods in how they decorated with mirrors? The results of my analysis shows that mirrors are often placed between two windows on the centre of the wall during the gustavian period. The functionalistic decorators on the other hand usually placed the mirrors a bit of centre on the walls. Differences between the two styles become apparent when looking at the way mirrors were used. In the early period the mirrors were a decorative element and a show piece with high status. Later it became just a necessary and useful object with a low status as it became more common.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 47 p.
Keyword [sv]
Speglar, gustavianska, funktionalismen, inredning
National Category
Humanities Cultural Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:hgo:diva-868OAI: diva2:414672
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2011-05-04 Created: 2011-05-03 Last updated: 2013-07-01Bibliographically approved

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