Trend Alert: The Modern Chesterfield Sofa

Trend Alert: The Modern Chesterfield Sofa

The chesterfield couch is enjoying a significant comeback. Once seen as the couch of choice for the sherry-in-the-library place, it’s currently a fresh, elegant approach to bring a sense of solidity and tradition to a modern area.

The basic mark of a chesterfield couch are tufted cushions, and arms and back of the identical height. Conventional versions have wrapped arms and sit tooled wooden legs.

Designers nowadays are pairing conventional chesterfields with contemporary icons and decor, and with all updated versions of this sofa. The new chesterfields play proportions, colours, textures and lines, making nods to tradition but busting out of the mold at precisely the same time. They are especially popular in contemporary eclectic rooms, where a combination of eras and styles is essential.

But chesterfields are the chameleons of the couch world: They fit in pretty much everywhere, providing you chose the best one.

Madison Modern Home

A fairly conventional chesterfield using a bench seat, tufted upholstery and nailhead details seems both grand and inviting in this contemporary room and will help bridge the gap between the contemporary decor and the more conventional architecture.

Leib Designs

A very traditional velvet chesterfield brings coziness for the open, spare space.

CONTENT Architecture

This leather chesterfield is chiefly traditional — the seat seat, the leather, the proportions — but its lines are directly and contemporary as opposed to curved. It adds softness to the concrete-heavy space, but in addition, it mimics all of the right lines.

A manly, flared-arm chesterfield sits fairly beside its fluffier neighbors.

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti

A midcentury modern spin on the chesterfield. It’s what makes this eclectic room contemporary.

Alexander Butler | Design Services, LLC

Another chesterfield with , contemporary lines that are directly.

Room & Board

Clarke 98-Inch Sofa, Ink – $2,099

Another very modern variant of the chesterfield. So quite Mad Men.

Modern Sectional Sofas

The contemporary, modular chesterfield. The arms and the back are not the same height, but the button tufting is a nod to the conventional design.

Jane Lockhart Interior Design

Granger Sofa

Why not go bright?


Samsas Sofa by Carl Malmsten – GBP 3,928

Why not go pink? There is no rule that says couches have to belong into the brownish family.

Buckingham 3-Seat Sofa, Silver – $1,199

Each of the conventional markers of a chesterfield however with clean, contemporary lines.

New Chester Tufted Leather Sofa – $1,699

Modern but with gentle curves.

West Elm Chester Tufted Upholstered Sofa – $1,100

A version with soft and contemporary chops curves. Full disclosure: I only purchased this in yellow.

Graham and Green

The Jester Collection Sofa – $1,375

A diminutive version — warm but fragile.

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