Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Oh My, Chesterfield!

Pic­ture a Chester­field sofa, and what comes to mind? Enor­mous, deep, tufted, brown leather, per­haps eques­trian prints on the walls and the scent of pipe tobacco in the air. A gentleman’s retreat for sure, right?

No one really knows if the Chester­field sofa is named after the town of Chester­field, Eng­land or the Earl of Chester­field. Philip Lord Stan­hope, the 4th Earl of Chester­field, may have com­mis­sioned the first leather ver­sion, but proof-positive is absent. First made in the 18th cen­tury, they are rec­og­nized specif­i­cally by the arms and back being the same height. Tra­di­tion­ally, the sofa also fea­tures deep but­ton tuft­ing, large rolled arms and a rel­a­tively low seat height.

Well, look at this gem from Anthro­polo­gie — the Ate­lier Chesterfield.

Fresh, fresh, fresh is the only word I can think of!  Tra­di­tional style in bold yel­low — so fab­u­lous!  Anthro­polo­gie is explor­ing designer col­lab­o­ra­tions, in this case with New York fash­ion house Mise en Scene by Ruf­fian — note the cou­ture detail on the arm fronts.  I can pic­ture this in an eclec­tic fam­ily room filled with antiques or in a mod­ern loft mixed with mid-century pieces.

Below are a few Chester­fields with oomph — not your basic brown!

a 1970's gem from

fab­u­lous white leather from Poltrona Frau

seen at Caderno de Tendencias

from the set of Nip/Tuck

Would Philip Lord Stan­hope have approved?

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