Hello, it's Erika from small shop, with another edition of "Design Under the Influence". Today's topic is the formidable, well-loved chesterfield sofa. I've been seeing a lot of tufted leather couches in all types of interiors lately, and am intrigued by its mass appeal and broad range. From traditional to industrial to boho to contemporary, you can find this sturdy mainstay in just about any style of room.
Upon doing a little research, I learned that the chesterfield is actually not as old as you would think — only 18th century. It's said that the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, England was the first to commission one, specifically requesting a piece that would allow a man to sit upright in the most comfortable manner. Quite the trendsetter the Earl must have been, as the chesterfield has since become a symbol of noble sophistication, and of the quality and craftsmanship of the British furniture industry.
A true chesterfield has rolled arms and back of the same height, is deep button-tufted, and leather. But some of the newer renditions have simplified lines and seem to still provide the comfort and durability we'd expect. And although they lost popularity in the late 20th century, they definitely seem to be back in full force!
Just take a look at its versatility!
I would think the chesterfield would be a great kid-friendly sofa too, which is always a plus in my mind!
So what do we think, a good buy?