The History of the Chesterfield Loveseat

Posted by Manhattan Home Design on Jan 25th 2019

Our reproduction of the Chesterfield Loveseat is one of the most recognizable pieces of furniture in the world.

Featuring luxurious leather upholstery, deep buttoning, low back, and high arms, the timeless style of the Chesterfield Loveseat went from English gentlemen’s clubs to become a highly popular loveseat around the globe.

We’ll take a closer look at how the Chesterfield Loveseat became one of the world’s favorite loveseats.

Who Designed The Chesterfield Loveseat?

No one knows, actually. But many believe it was originally commissioned by Lord Philip Stanhope, the fourth Earl of Chesterfield, hence the iconic name of the Chesterfield Loveseat.

The Earl of Chesterfield was a trendsetter, many people looked up at him for trends in fashion and style during his time. Perhaps that set the Chesterfield Loveseat to a good start.

A Victorian Loveseat

But it wasn’t until more of the Chesterfield Loveseat’s luxurious features were added during the Victorian Era that it became an icon of many gentleman’s clubs in London.

These clubs were extremely exclusive. They were the gathering place of the rich and wealthy, where they relaxed, dined, and socialized. The presence of original Chesterfield Loveseats in these clubs speaks for their long-lasting fame and durability.

The Chesterfield Loveseat Takes Over The World

And then, The British Empire started to conquer more colonies and territories around the world. Wherever they went the British took their fashions with them, that’s how the Chesterfield Loveseat took over the world.

The Chesterfield Loveseat is now a furniture piece that has adapted to several styles, being as versatile and easily adaptable to any traditional, mid-century or modern décor style. The Chesterfield Loveseat will simply never go out of style.

At Manhattan Home Design, we offer only the Chesterfield Loveseats that are worthy of the great legacy described in this blog article.

Get in touch if you have any questions and our helpful Customer Service will be more than happy to help you out!


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