Jenny Lind Furniture: Still Turning Heads

bed frame close-upTypically associated with baby cribs and beds, Jenny Lind furniture is often mistaken as a brand name or furniture company.  It’s neither, but merely a style of furniture identified by its distinctively turned or spooled spindles.  So, who was Jenny Lind and how did her namesake become affiliated with a style of furniture?

Born Johanna Maria Lind, she was a famous Swedish opera singer in the mid 1800’s.  Renown for her soprano voice, her moniker was the “Swedish Nightingale”. Lind’s wildly popular tour in the US began in 1850, when she toured with P.T. Barnum, performing over 90 concerts.  Apparently, she slept in a bed with turned spindles…and she was forever associated with the design. Besides furniture, she also managed to have a California gold rush town named after her, as well as a ship, The Nightingale. Popular girl!

Jenny Lind by Eduard Magnus, 1861

Jenny Lind by Eduard Magnus, 1861

The Jenny Lind style continues to be sought-after for its striking, simple silhouette and versatility.  Stained pieces evoke an old-fashioned air that is fitting in traditional settings while painted pieces, especially bright hues, assume a more modern spirit.

A century and a half later, people are still turned onto the Jenny Lind style of furniture. Here are a few favorites:

 

via landofnod.com

via landofnod.com

via landofnod.com

via landofnod.com

via Nicole Lanteri

via Nicole Lanteri

via myrepurposedlife.com

via myrepurposedlife.com

via Anthony Baratta LLC

via Anthony Baratta LLC

via Tommy Chambers Interiors

via Tommy Chambers Interiors

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Sources:

Land of Nod

Nicole Lanteri

My Repurposed Life

Anthony Baratta LLC

Tommy Chambers Interiors

 

 

 

 

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