The Chesterfield sofa is one of the most famous sofa designs in the world – it can be dated back over 300 years ago, making it a dead ringer in terms of longevity. It is a cherished design today for sofa manufacturers and its classic design means that it can easily compliment almost any modern day scheme.
There are various theories as to the origin of the design, but most historians agree with its connection to the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Stanhope. This classy chap had an eye for the finer things in life and beautiful furniture was his thing. Unfortunately, little more is known of the connection of the great man to this iconic piece of furniture.
Having lasted the test of time, the chesterfield has not surprisingly gone through a few minor style adjustments over the years. Today, when we think of a Chesterfield design we more often than not conjure up images of deep buttoned traditional leather scroll arm sofas. However, by definition, any sofa with arms and backs of equal height can be classified as a chesterfield design. In fact, the majority of sofas were called chesterfields back in the day.
We are great fans of chesterfields here at Layer and we are delighted to be able to showcase several variations of this truly beautiful iconic sofa design.
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