THE CHESTERFIELD SOFA
Elegance never grows old
WITH A SOUL
Almost everyone will have seen or sat on a Chesterfield sofa at some point in their lives. First made in the late 18th century, this iconic English design has graced living rooms, offices, inns and libraries for more than two hundred years. From the smell of the leather to the feel of the cushioned seats, a classic Chesterfield sofa can induce memories and emotions that modern furniture has no power to replicate. A Chesterfield is so much more than a sofa. It’s a handmade masterpiece and a living connection to the past.
THE SAMUEL JOHNSON CHESTERFIELD
Quintessential English comfort
No sofa makes a bigger impression than the mighty Samuel Johnson.
Unlike most Chesterfield sofas, characterised by their smaller proportions, the Samuel Johnson features large umbrella handle shaped arms that continues around the back, giving amplitude and softness in back support. The deep seat and fully sprung back and armrests make sitting in a Samuel Johnson Chesterfield feel decadent and indulgent. The visual impact of this magnificent piece of furniture is further enhanced by its turned legs and optional solid brass castors.
Trends ebb and flow, but the Chesterfield sofa remains perpetually relevant and desired. For more than 200 years, they have been the sofa of choice for proud home and business owners. A leather Chesterfield sofa adds culture, comfort and refinement to any room it enters.
MAKE YOUR STATEMENT
The handmade Chesterfield sofa collection is available in a complete range of colours, textures and materials. If you want to be true to the original 18th-century design, go for a hand-coloured leather finish. If you want to blend tradition and contemporary style, choose a monochrome leather colour or a bold shade of velvet. Specially made to order, you can even decide on the firmness of the cushions or amend the dimensions to create a beautiful piece of furniture that is uniquely your own.
YOU’RE IN GREAT HANDS
From the solid beech wood frame to the hand stitched and dyed leather, Chesterfield sofas are made with meticulous attention to detail. Its comfort and stylish appeal have made this sofa one of the greatest classics of all time.
FOR THE LOVE OF NATURE
The idyllic British countryside surrounding our factory is a constant visual reminder of the beauty and importance of nature. Respect for sustainability and the environment guides our entire approach to manufacturing. We minimise our carbon footprint by making our products by hand and sourcing our materials from the local community. Every piece of wood we use has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What makes a sofa a Chesterfield?
Although there are variations in size and design, a Chesterfield design is today defined by a buttoned back, rolled arms and either a loose cushion or fixed buttoned seating. Whilst leather is the most common material, Chesterfield furniture can also be upholstered in wool, velvet or any other upholstery fabric.
Are Chesterfield sofas comfortable?
Comfort is often the prime reason people choose a perfect Chesterfield sofa. The large, fully sprung seat and back support make sitting on these sofas genuinely indulgent.
Do Chesterfield sofas only work with traditional design?
Classic leather sofas can make a brilliant counterpoint to a modern living room or working space. You can play with materials and colours to tailor the perfect a leather Chesterfield style sofa for any room and style.
How can I tell if a sofa is a genuine Chesterfield?
A true Chesterfield meets the criteria set out by the Chesterfields Trade Association. The certification operates to ensure that new Chesterfield sofas or sofa beds comply with regulations and are made to the appropriate high standard. All our furniture is handmade to order in England.
The real beauty of making furniture by hand is the ability to customise.
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