Clemmie’s curvaceous silhouette owes its inspiration to the baroque movement of the 17th and 18th centuries. This style – which encompassed architecture, art and design, even music – was the biggest trend in Europe from the early 1600s until around about the 1740s, and was characterised by extravagance. Baroque was not about being understated; it was about making an impression, creating a sense of drama. Curves and movement were a key part of that, and motifs like scrolls, ogees (double continuous S curves) and stylised acanthus leaves, tulips and shells were heavily featured in architecture and design.
Some of the first upholstered headboards date from this period. They were usually only found in ‘state’ bedrooms – rooms which were created by wealthy individuals in their homes as a statement of wealth, and which were purely for show. These headboards were also usually accompanied by curtain-swathed four poster frames with tester canopies, all in rich, matching fabrics.
By the reign of Queen Anne (a short five years at the beginning of the 1700s), a simpler style was developing that was less about intricate carving and surface decoration and more about the form and silhouette of a piece. An approach we adopted with Clemmie, taking all that baroque grandeur and distilling it into something distinctly more contemporary.