Chesterfield Sofa… About design and structure…

Chesterfield sofas are all about design and structure, about buttons, leather and quilting. No one really knows its exact origins, but it is believed that Lord Phillip Stanhope, the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, first commissioned the tufted leather sofa in the early 1700s. The goal of the stately sofa was to create seating that allowed a gentleman to sit comfortably upright without wrinkling his garment.

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The “Oxford Dictionary” defines Chesterfield as: “A sofa with padded arms and a back of the same height and curved outward at the top”. Its entire back is one height and curls backwards, which you can see in the arms. The back and sides too are characterized by the intricate and excessive tufting which gives it that regal look. Though now you can get the Chesterfield in nearly any fabric, the classic version was leather. And in the long run, leather is often a smart choice, indeed the great thing about leather is that it is easy to clean and it wears well. It is one material that looks better with age… Just make sure you moisturize the leather!!

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I fell in love long time ago with this amazing, wonderful timeless masterpiece of English manufacture… But I’ve always found not much innovative to write about it. What has not yet been written about this timeless classic? Its absolute modernity is demonstrated by the continued interest that still manages to evoke both into the end-buyers and into the designer.

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 The strength of the style of the Chesterfield Sofa is demonstrated by the infinite variations of which, it still remain their vital fulcrum and their never taken for granted, or by the strong recognizable pattern that results in the final works.

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History and tradition defines a Chesterfield Sofa and today, the elegance brought by this leather couch can’t be underestimated. Modern designers use Chesterfield sofas as inspiration while designing interiors for today’s homes and buildings. The sofas’ tufted back and all-leather base are still serving its purpose of comfort and style, alongside other modern trends.

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 Look at the “Chester Moon Sofa” by Paola Navone ( you can read the post i wrote about it here)…

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or the “Nubola Couch” by Gaetano Pesce

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Or at the “Chesterfield Sofa Gold: William” by Ciacci

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 Or at the “Chesterfield Sofa Gold: Charles”

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Or at the “Magnum” by Asnaghi…

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With the “Mutation Series” by Maarten De Ceulauer (you can read the post I wrote about it here ) you can reach new levels of inspiration: the project reminds us of the iconic deep buttoned Chesterfield Sofa, but interpreted in a highly contemporary and sculptural way. Instead of upholstering springs and foam with leather or textile, these pieces are created by carefully composing patterns with cut-offs of foam spheres of various sizes, and applying them onto a structure. In the end the Entire piece gets coated, with a durable rubber or tactile velvet-like finish. It is hardly ever impossible to recreate a specific pattern longer available, so every piece is completely unique.

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I think that the Chesterfield Sofa is suitable for any type of furniture, from classic which fits in perfectly, with its harmonious lines, to modern one, which emerges as a work of art and an antique at the centre of the main points of contemporary furnishings. Enjoy the gallery below…

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