About the Chesterfield sofa & other deep buttoned furniture

About the Chesterfield sofa by Ethnic Chic

The beautiful vintage Chesterfield sofa is known for its deep buttoned upholstery. The capitonner upholstery is something we like very much and we used this upholstery technique for many of our projects! Time to share the history of the first leather Chesterfield and boost your upholstery imagination. 

Earl of Chesterfield

There is never been a clear story behind the Chesterfield, but according to the Oxford English Dictionary, the use of the word chesterfield was already used in England in the 1800’s to describe a leather couch. The story goes back to Lord Phillip Stanhope, the 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773), who requested the first leather Chesterfield with its distinctive deep buttoned, quilted leather upholstery and low seat base. The Earl was a known trendsetter. Apparently the Earl asked a craftsman to create a piece of furniture that would allow a gentleman to sit upright in comfort and allowing sitting without wrinkling the garment. It was the original purpose of the Chesterfield sofa; a characteristic deep buttoned upholstered seating, rolled arms, equal back and arm height and nail head trim.

About the Chesterfield sofa by Ethnic Chic About the Chesterfield sofa by Ethnic Chic

About the Chesterfield sofa by Ethnic ChicAbout the Chesterfield sofa by Ethnic Chic

About the Chesterfield sofa by Ethnic Chic

British Origins

The characteristic sofa is always been gain charm over the years. Since the sofa was exported to British Colonies, it soon became a worldwide recognition for the British style. Later, other deep buttoned pieces were designed and all directly inspired by the original Chesterfield. 

About the Chesterfield sofa by Ethnic Chic About the Chesterfield sofa by Ethnic Chic

Elegant & Sophisticated

Over the years, deep buttoned upholstered furniture had a prominent place royal houses, palaces, five-star hotels and luxurious restaurants. That’s why we associate this kind of upholstery with elegance, high-class and sophistication. 

About the Chesterfield sofa by Ethnic Chic About the Chesterfield sofa by Ethnic Chic

About the Chesterfield sofa by Ethnic Chic

Custom-made Upholstery

Chesterfield sofas will always be in the making, an amazing timeless piece of class and style. Still very popular in gentlemen ‘s clubs and it will always be one of our favorite upholstery techniques! If you are interested in a bespoke furniture piece, please contact us and we will advice you!

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Credits: Amy Somerville, Maison Gerard, Fromental, Julian Chichester & London Gallery.
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