Know Your Sofas: Chesterfield

Originally of English origin in the late 1700s and early 1800s, the Chesterfield sofa is an icon of design. There is much supposition and little fact to attest to its name. Some say that the first Chesterfield sofa was commissioned by the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Lord Phillip Stanhope (1694-1773). Whatever the origins of the name, the sofa itself can be identified by its generous rolled arms which are the same height as the back of the sofa, along with deep seating and an abundance of button tufting. Its tailored look, traditional leather upholstery, and classic shape lends itself to a den, a luxurious office, or a gentleman's retreat.
But in other colors, it looks playful and fun in a family room, or unique and eclectic in a living room.
As you can see below, it does not have to come in leather.In a different upholstery and color, a Chesterfield can fit into a clean, modern sensibility.

And with a fun English Union Jack upholstery treatment, a Chesterfield can be downright jolly.

If you are looking for a classic kind of sofa for an elegant room, or if you want to reference a bit of history into a contemporary space, a Chesterfield might be the right sofa for you!

Happy designing!