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.
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.
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.
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.
Our latest piece is a set of early 1950’s black wire and upholstered Eames dining chairs. We decided to pair them with a rustic oak wine table in a cold concrete environment. The product of combining mid century vintage pieces with true 19th century antiques can be very refreshing.
U.S. circa 1950 set of black wire bikini Eames dining chairs (U111015), France circa 1880 oak folding champagne table (BB84)
Every now and again one needs to lay back and enjoy a good book, and nothing is better suited for that than a comfortable daybed. In the latest issue of Architectural Digest, Courtney Applebaum decorates the home of art dealer Maggie Kayne and features a reading room with a necessary piece of furniture, the daybed.
France circa 1950 daybed in the style of Pierre Paulin (BB70), France circa 1880 deconstructed upholstered daybed (BB54)