The term ‘Chesterfield,’ was originally used to describe a sofa in England, in the 1900′s.
There are a few other rumored origins, but apparently the first idea came from Phillip Stanhope, the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, who commissioned the first ever Chesterfield sofa in the 18th century. He wanted quilted leather upholstery and a deep base in its design so that gentlemen could sit comfortably and still remain upright.
From there, it became quite the popular household accessory, and the rest, as they say, is history.
He really sounds like my kind of guy, that Earl of Chesterfield. I’m not really sure I would have survived in the days of yore, what with my unhealthy addiction to unabashed donning of yoga pants and various pajama combos. Um, death to girdles. That, and the whole biting on a stick whilst giving birth thing. Boo.
On the subject of my search for sofas: After the immense grief that has been suffered in dealing with my slipcover loss, I’ve decided that this time around, I’ve had enough with the craigslist drama. You know, the kind where you want to send a mean email to a perfect stranger loaded with vague insults in response to their message letting you know that the one-of-a-kind find that you’ve been searching for and were on your way to pick up, isn’t available anymore. Because, whoops, they sold it already. So you console yourself by saying it probably had roach eggs in it, while you rock yourself to sleep at night in the corner via the fetal position…devastated by your loss.
I mean, I never did that.
Needless to say, I’ve had fun gazing at all the eye candy out there, and thought that today called for an observance of that celebrated shape.
I’ve covered a few posts on sofa inspiration before, though none were dedicated solely to that of the great Chesterfield sofa. Do any of you remember this image from Domino, the first time it was published? I fell in love. From their very first issue, Domino was a big inspirational catalyst for me at a time when I really knew I wanted to do something, but I wasn’t sure what. They pushed me to think outside the box. But I remember seeing that photo with all it’s tufted goodness, and falling in love. And I waited like a total dork each month at the mailbox, just hoping that next magazine would arrive soon. Sigh… anyone else out there a die-hard nerd like me?
Arguably one of the most classic shapes when it comes to sofas, and the perfect combination of both masculine and feminine qualities…nothing quite beats the Chesterfield.
What I love most about it, is the versatility and possibilities in styling, that comes with that classic shape.
For something that serves as such a classic statement maker in a room, it certainly blends well with any style of decor. From modern to traditional, it’s a beautiful combination.
And while traditionally viewed in a leather finish, I love all their fabric finishes, as well.
So, to chesterfield or not to chesterfield…that is the question.
Oh thou glorious shape of sofa.
Happy eye candy everyone. Have an inspired day!