The iconic Chesterfield – where it all began

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The History

Once the preserve of Gentlemen’s Clubs and libraries, the Chesterfield has become one of the most iconic chair designs.. But where did it all begin?

It is believed that Lord Phillip Stanhope, the 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773), commissioned the first leather chesterfield. The Earl requested a local craftsman to construct a piece of furniture that would allow a gentleman to sit upright comfortably, without wrinkling the garment. With its characteristic deep-buttoned upholstery, rolled arms, equal back and arm height and nail head trim, the Chesterfield was designed for this purpose.

Throughout the years, Chesterfield sofas have graced the palaces of royalty, prominent business offices, hotels, gentleman’s clubs and luxurious private homes. The Chesterfield is synonymous with elegance and class in interiors all over the world, of every architectural and decorating style. Today it remains the sofa that embodies the perfect blend of comfort and sophistication. What was once a status symbol is now a much sought-after addition to many modern homes. History notwithstanding, Chesterfield sofas will remain forever the epitome of luxury, class and style.

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