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What is Bohemianism? - Chapter 1

by Bryony Webster |

I thought for my next few Blog Posts I would talk about Bohemianism. I am always bandying the word about in the context of Furbelow, and I am not sure we all understand what it actually means.

And also what does it mean in the context of interior décor, fashion and contemporary culture? (we will get to that in the next few blog posts)

Lets start at the very beginning. What is the traditional definition of Bohemianism and where does it come from….
Wikipedia Definition;
"Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people and with few permanent ties. It involves musical, artistic, literary or spiritual pursuits. In this context, Bohemians may or may not be wanderers, adventurers, or vagabonds"
Bohemians was the term, originally used to describe the Gypsies in the late 18th century. They were thought to have come from "Bohemia” in Eastern Europe. They wore outlandish clothes and lived a nomadic “wild” lifestyle. Their caravans were decorated with lots of colours and textures and detail. A sign of things to come..

In the mid 19th century, the artists, authors and philosophers of France took on the mantle of Bohemianism as a rejection of the bourgeois and embraced creative freedom in all things.

This bohemian spirit continued in the early 1900’s in England and America and revived again in the 60’ and 70’s as the “Hippy Revolution”. Again this was a reaction to the very narrow and conservative lifestyle that was encouraged in the 40’ and 50’s as well as a rejection of the Vietnam War. 

How is Bohemianism interpreted today? and what does it have to with Furbelow and interior decor ? I will figure that out and get back to you on the next post :)

*all pictures in this blog are sourced from Pinterest


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