Origins of the Chesterfield
The Chesterfield sofa catches your eye the second you walk into any room with it. The magic of it lies in the fact that it elevates every room it is in, ranging from sprawling libraries to classy bars. With its textured, cozy and unique design, it has become the bedrock of leather furniture. Such detailing and verve couldn’t have been made on a whim – the Chesterfield has a long and storied history.
However, what makes the story of a Chesterfield even more fascinating is the fact that it is shrouded in mystery. The traditional lore surrounding the Chesterfield stems from the idea that it was invented by Philip Stanhope, the fourth Earl of Chesterfield, in the mid-18th century. This was around the time where furniture started to add an aura of comfort – benches became lavish sofas and stools became extravagant armchairs.
Despite popular opinion, it’s unlikely that the Earl was responsible for the development of the Chesterfield as we know it. The type of button tufting we see did not emerge until the 19th century, when the Industrial Revolution resulted in the burgeoning middle class wanting furniture that was at once comfortable and grandiose. Additionally, the coiled spring was patented in 1828, resulting in cushy chairs, and tufting was an effective way to keep all the horsehair stuffing neatly in place.
Therefore, there remains an atmosphere of ambiguity shrouded around how the Chesterfield came to be. What cannot be denied, however, is how it never ceases to amaze wherever it is placed. ThreeSixty’s Chesterfields are immensely popular amongst our customers because the effort given by our crafters results in a product that harks back to aristocratic times. Come to our store to see our stunning ranges!