Luxury from Lindome

Utställningen Lyx från Lindome. Foto: Camilla Eliasson.

This part of the museum contains pieces and stories of advanced woodwork – furniture from the parish of Lindome, the most southern part of Mölndal. During several hundred years, the farmers in Lindome manufactured and sold furniture – mainly chairs.

The farms in Lindome where small, and the farmers needed an additional way of income. Craftsmanship in Lindome started in the first half of the 17th century, with simpler processing of timber, to further develop into interior carpentry and furniture manufacturing in the latter part of the century.

During the 17th and 18th century, carpenters and cabinet-makers in Gothenburg did not construct chairs. According to their guild privilege, they had the right to produce furniture, but not chairs. Chairs were instead imported mainly from England and Holland.

The Swedish economy became very bad in the early 18th century. In order to overcome the economic recession, an import ban on so-called luxury items, was introduced to Sweden in 1731. On the list of luxury items were fabrics, silver, ceramics and even furniture, which meant that chairs were now banned for import. Since chairs weren’t even made by carpenters in Gothenburg, a favourable niche for Lindome artisans arose. From this period the chair manufacturing in Lindome became extensive.

During the 18th and 19th century, Lindome furniture production flourished, but in the 20th century the competition from furniture factories made it more difficult. Improved rail and bus connections also made it easy to commute to construction sites in the larger city, where carpenters could make a better income. Finally most of the furniture carpentry in Lindome died out in the 1930s.

 

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