It refers to a furniture style developed by craftsman of Flanders and Belgium. Its development has association with Dutch Renaissance. Flemish designs are known for their elaborate and skilled carving.
From a region in northwestern Europe including parts of southern Netherlands, northern France and western Belgium. Beginning with the end of the 14th and beginning of the 15th centuries, Flemish culture was at a peak and Flemish painters achieved a high degree of skill especially in depicting realistic landscapes using aerial perspective.
Flemish furniture was a product from master craftsmen of Flanders (Belgium). Flemish is usually included in Dutch Renaissance furniture and is not necessarily defined as a period of furniture, but more as an influence in design. Flemish furniture is famous for its distinct and careful carving and the Flemish foot. Flemish furniture is a product of French influence.
The term Flemish, besides an adjective referring to an attribute of any circumscription of an area named Flanders or its people and culture, can be a linguistic one, referring to the speech of the Flemings, inhabitants of Flanders, though Algemeen Nederlands (Common Dutch) is the name of their official standard language. 'Flemish' is used to describe certain non-standardized dialects spoken in Flanders, and sometimes to Dutch as spoken in Belgium. The latter usage, though widespread, is not considered correct by linguists: boundaries between areas of distinct groups of historical Dutch dialects do not coincide with the national borders, which only sprang up in the 19th century. – A comparison between the Netherlands and Flanders, of the Dutch language as heard on TV.