The Art of the Tuft

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The chesterfield, an iconic staple of British furniture, epitomizes the sophistication and charm of English lifestyle. It was the 4th Earl of Chesterfield that requested a sofa that would allow a gentleman to sit upright in the utmost of comfort without wrinkling the garment. Ever since the creation of the chesterfield in the mid 18th century the style has continued to live on. The details revealing themselves in different furniture styles and eras, from the traditional wingback armchairs seen in libraries to midcentury designs in Paris.

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The style of the tufting varies according to the furniture’s designer. For example, these chesterfield chairs from Sweden have a very shallow tuft yet the stitching is iconic chesterfield. The ebonized carving of the wood legs in the style of chinoiserie design make this pair of chairs quite unique.

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The English furniture style, while sometimes overly traditional, lives on through new mediums and eras. The iconic Barcelona chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich draws tufting inspiration from the chesterfield while being applied to an architecturally new body shape just as this Danish egg chair does by designer H.W. Klein.

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As trends continue to evolve so will designer’s inspiration. However, one thing remains constant, traditional English furniture will always be an inspiration and will never go out of style.

Editorial Inspiration

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A chess set collection is on display in the October issue of Elle Decoration UK.

 

Editorial Inspiration

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A nordic restaurant combines antiques and cuisine in a 19th century Berlin townhouse.

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The Showroom

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A corner of the showroom featuring Spanish pottery, architectural column lamps, and botanical artwork.

 

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Bookcase Clutter

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A bookcase severs a purpose. That purpose is to hold and display books and various objects. However its the way the bookcase is displayed that defines the characteristics of the owner. Is it a minimal and streamlined bookcase free of any excess articles or is it filled to the brim with everything and anything? I mean a bookcase can be appreciated in either state but it’s a little more fun to have a chaotic case of curiosities, don’t you think?

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Buying Trip: Week One

I promised to keep you all up to date with my buying trip in England, Italy, France and Belgium. This is a selection of of purchases from my first week.  I have another week.  So stay tuned for some more of my finds!