Are looking looking for a timeless sofa? There are many options out there, so we sat down, and thought of how we can make the process of navigating the world of sofas easier for you.
Here is a quick guide to our favourite sofa styles-
ENGLISH ROLLED ARM
English Rolled Arm Sofa
It is often a designers staple, because of its classic and timeless look. Made famous by the English furniture designer George Smith who calls it the standard arm signature sofa. It is characterized by its high, neat back, and low rolled arms. It usually has a generous seat depth, often on raised legs and casters. This sofa, can be mixed with contemporary, and traditional accents.
Tuxedo Sofa Designed by: Suzanne Kasler
For a modern pick that is also timeless, try a tuxedo style sofa.
Invented in the 1920’s the tuxedo sofa was one of first sofa designs to shake up classicism and take the steps toward modernized home decor. A tuxedo-style sofa, has a straight arm, usually the same height as the sofas back. The tuxedo has a rectangular symmetrical approach, lending off a sleek and modern silhouette. The sofa gets its name from the same place that men’s tuxedo eveningwear did: Tuxedo Park in New York.
The Chesterfield is a mannerly and refined sofa. With its characteristic deep buttoned upholstery, quilted leather upholstery and low seat base. The Chesterfield has dramatic rolled arms that are generally the same height as the back.They were originally kept low so that men could sit on them without wrinkling their coats. The chesterfield has a refined structure and luxurious comfort and is sure to remain in style for centuries to come.
Empire Sofa Designed by- Darryl Carter
Enthusiastically ornate with strong design influences from the Romanesque era. The empire sofa began in France during the reign of Napolean, who was fascinated by Ancient Romes fashion. It is an elaborate sofa with ‘roll’over’ arms that curve smoothly into the upholstered seat.
An elegant silhouette of the neo-classical French parlour style. Used to describe a carriage or a cab, because of the seamless back curving into the arms, and exposed wood. Styles of the wood vary, some trims are more elaborate than others.
Mid-Century Modern Sofa
A 1940 to 1970 design trend that took over the Western world. Tufted sofas that are straight with neat, squared lines and low-slung arms. Exposed metal or wooden legs are low, squared and generally tapered. It is a great style for a smart, and practical space.
Knole Sofa Room link
We call this our throne. It is more a throne than a sofa, it was designed with grandeur in mind. A closed framework, that affords great privacy, the knole sofa has deep seats and a high back and sides.
Made popular by English cabinetmaker, Chippendale in the 18th century. Signature ‘hump’ on the back of the sofa. Widely-flared arms that roll outwards. Angle back so one sits in a less rigid posture. You can have a lot of fun we these sofas, as their are many variations that exist in this style.
Designed for a famous 20th century financier Thomas Lawson. He requested a sofa design with simplicity and comfort. It is a laid back and versatile look, that defines ‘casual comfort’. It is best suited for afternoon naps, rest a throw pillow on one arm, and then lie back, and snooze.