The History of the Chesterfield Sofa

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The leather chesterfield sofa has become an iconic piece of furniture easily recognised around the world. It is now the most famous sofa design on the globe, but where did it all start.

This timeless classical furniture has been around for at least 300 years and although there a number of theories as to it’s origin, most fingers point to the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Phillip Stanhope.

Lord Phillip Stanhope was quite the forward thinker and it is thought he was looking for a sofa couch where gentlemen could sit upright and comfortable without wrinkling their garments.

He commissioned a local craftsman to create his ideas and the iconic  Chesterfield sofa with it’s characteristic rolled arms, equal back, arm length, deep buttoned upholstery and nail trim was born.

The Chesterfield sofa  became an ever present fixture throughout the colonies of the British Empire gaining fame as a peerless emblem of the British Isles.

The Chesterfield was found in stately homes, royal palaces, prominent business offices, manor houses, gentlemen’s clubs, hotels, restaurants and  luxurious private mansions where it’s reputation grew as the epitome of luxury, class and elegance.

Blue Leather Chesterfield SofaAlthough the Chesterfield sofa was originally an item for the elite it is now a sought after piece of furniture from people and institutions from of all walks of life who can relate to its undeniable charm and elegance.

The leather Chesterfield sofa was famously used in the offices of Sigmund Feud and became the sofa of choice  for  phsychoanalyst’s around the world.

Sigmund realised that the one of the best ways to carry out psychoanalysis on patients was to make them fully relaxed and as comfortable as possible, he knew that the Chesterfield sofa could accomplish this tasks perfectly.

Sigmund Freud always had a handmade chesterfield sofa on hand to help him practice and it is thought he owned several different sofas during his career. There is one surviving model which is now on show at the Freud Museum London.

Chesterfield sofas also became a firm fixture of many of London’s top gentlemen’s clubs including Whites and the Carlton Club. This always conjures up images of influential gentry sitting back on a handmade Chesterfield sipping brandy and smoking cigars. Undoubtedly many important decisions that have affected all our lives have been taken whilst sat on the formidable Chesterfield

Considering its age, the Chesterfield sofa remains to this day a very versatile and comfortable design which has transcended class whilst retaining its timeless style and distinguished air.

As fashions have changed greatly over the last century the Chesterfield has adapted perfectly to suit the modern home. You can now find Chesterfield sofas in a range of upholstery options from textured and antique leathers to wools and neutral lines and velvets. It is one of those rare pieces of furniture that will never go out of style or fashion.

Over the past 150 years furniture designers and craftsmen have created a whole range of Chesterfield leather furniture items inspired by the original sofa, these include sofas, settees, office chairs, window seats, rocking chairs, chaise longues, leather sofa beds and foot stools.

Here at the Crafted Sofa Company in Bacup Lancashire, we have been creating a range of hand crafted Chesterfield furniture including  a number of different Leather Chesterfield Sofas, sofa beds, tub chairscorner sofas, wingback chairs, chaise longues,  office chairs and a contemporary sofas and chairs.

All of our pieces are made by a team of highly skilled craftsmen in the UK, each item is fully customised to meet our clients needs perfectly.

We make Chesterfield furniture for the trade plus export a considerable amount of our furniture abroad. We also sell directly to the public from our showroom, at incredibly low prices.

Contact us today if you are looking for a bespoke custom handmade Chesterfield Sofa.

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