Legendary Design & Style: The “Chesterfield” Couch

The Leather “Chesterfield” Couch

The classic and timeless design of the “Chesterfield” couch. Legendary design, indeed….

The origin of the word “Chesterfield” is unknown. In fact, the theories that surround this great design are many. The “Chesterfield” is thought to be have been a phrase adapted around the turn of the century by many Americans and Canadians referring to “Couch”, “Settee” or “Sofa” with the similar style of buttoned leather, sofa back and height of seat. The Oxford English Dictionary also uses the word “Chesterfield” to describe a couch in the 1900’s. Other historians believe the couch came from the town of Chesterfield, England, and thus took its name. On the same note, history also reveals that during the 18th century, the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, England, Phillip Stanhope (1694-1773), commissioned furniture makers to create the first “Chesterfield” sofa. Who knows if it was his request that this distinctive couch would have a deep, low buttoned seat, quilted upholstery and large, upright armrests? It would not be surprising, as the Earl is said to have possessed a fashionable flair for his time. Either way, the legacy of his mark has carried onward through time. During the Victorian Era it is said that the “Chesterfield” couch was a key piece of furniture gracing the grand interiors of the elite and aristocratic society. Surprisingly, the “Chesterfields” of the late 18th century were covered and tufted in rich velvet. Again, who knew? Indeed, the velvet “Chesterfields” have returned to the forefront of interior design! Alas, it is the rich texture of buttery and soft leather we seem to all envision. However, no matter the material that bedecks this deep buttoned sofa, the “Chesterfield” is a timeless icon in the world of interior design

The 4th Earl Of Chesterfield: Phillip Stanhope (1694-1773)
An Iconic Image Of Elite Allure… The “Chesterfield “

Perhaps our thoughts drift to the polished lifestyle of elite allure…
Position and ambition resonating in an element of furniture throughout time. Richly textured and polished interiors seem to beckon the image of the “Chesterfield” within its realm. The ability to sit upright while looking “buttoned up”? Paramount to the men of status and wealth. The “Chesterfield” seems to even possess a masculine edge of strength in leather. This grand couch, with the beauty of its classic shape which forms a seating position that allows one to sit upright and relaxed in a comfortable position, is synonymous with style and comfort, for certain.

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Furnishing interiors with class and sophistication for centuries, the “Chesterfield” couch assuredly embodies strength and style. Legendary design of historical luxury that adheres to any space or interior style, whether classic or modern. Perhaps the word “Chesterfield” truly is nothing more than a description of an iconic sofa that has evolved over the centuries. Wherever its history is linked to, it will remain an enduring design. Timeless elegance, indeed.

Kristin

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4 thoughts on “Legendary Design & Style: The “Chesterfield” Couch

  1. You had me right at the beginning with the gorgeous sofas…but then you upped the anti and put in all those PHENOMENAL rooms and details – um, hello Union Jack & raspberry cushions?! WOW! Fab post!

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