Furniture Pieces That Never Go Out of Style
Trends are fun but fleeting. Design your space with pieces that stand the test of time. You'll have no regrets in investing in these timeless furnishings that will be just as stylish 30 years from now as they are today.
Introduced in 17th Century England, the high back and curved sides of wingback chairs were designed to protect the occupant from drafts while curled up fireside. Today, wingback chairs are incredibly versatile.
There is no rug more classic than an Oriental one. The mere look evokes pure timelessness. Surely the oldest furnishing on our list, authentic Oriental rugs are hand knotted in Middle East and Asian countries, where they date back to 200 C.E.
With origins in Medieval times, a trestle table was simply a wood board placed over simple, folding legs. It was designed to be easily put up and taken down, since most Medieval castles didn't have a designated dining room.
The canopy bed's origins are practical rather than stylish since they were designed with curtains that would completely enclose the bed for warmth and privacy. Sometimes still styled with dreamy, romantic curtains, often canopy beds today forego the draperies and let the stately structure stand on its own.
5.Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Husband and wife design team Charles and Ray Eames set out to create a relaxed lounge chair that emulated the look of a worn baseball mitt. Their creation mixes a curvy molded plywood shell with comfortable leather upholstery and an aluminum base on a swivel.
6.Leather Club Chair
With its origins in France, the club chair was originally called, "fauteuil confortable," meaning, "the comfortable chair." Which is the exact reason why this is one furniture piece that never goes out of style.
The name may be French (literally: long chair), but the blending of a chair and daybed dates back to ancient Egypt. Of course, Greeks and Romans loved them, too. In 1800, Jacques-Louis David's portrait of Madame Recamier spread the chaise to a whole new level, and you would have been hard pressed to find a Victorian home without one.
Though first used in the Windsor Castle gardens in 18th century England, it didn't take long for these light and portable chairs to find themselves in even the quaintest of homes.
Often credited to Lord Phillip Stanhope, the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, and definitely the namesake, the Chesterfield sofa is a timeless addition to any living space. Technically, any sofa with an equal back and arms can be called a Chesterfield
10.The Tulip Table
Eero Saarinen's goal of eliminating the "slum of legs" found under four-legged chairs and tables resulted in The Pedestal Collection. Also known as the Tulip Collection because of its likeness to the flower, the pieces are a hallmark of midcentury modern design.
11.Louis XVI Chair
All the Louis chairs are masterpieces in their own rights, from the late Renaissance Louis III to the Rococo Louis XV. But probably the one you see the most is Louis XVI, which traded in the elaborate ornamentation and curves of the previous Louis for a more classic take on design.
Murano, an island off Venice, is the birthplace of Venetian mirrors. Centuries ago, the method and craftsmanship was a highly guarded secret and only royalty and the extremely wealthy could afford them.
Bentwood chairs get their name from the fact that the chair's frame has been bent into its curvy shape. The design is credited to Michael Thonet, who perfected the technique of using hot steam to get the wood pliable enough to bend
Shaker furniture has its roots in, you guess it, Shaker beliefs of honesty, utility and simplicity. Original Shaker furniture was made to be authentic in construction and appearance without any ornamentation and from local American woods.
15.Duncan Phyfe Table
In the early 1800s, Duncan Phyfe drew inspiration from English Regency and Neoclassical styles to create furniture that nodded to the past but had an updated sophistication for young America.
It's true. This particular furniture piece is a mere baby next to the rest of our old timers, but considering the Ghost chair got its start from classic Greek meets French royalty, we're letting the newbie in. In 2002, Phillip Stark reimagined the Louis XVI chair for Kartell into a clear plastic single mold piece and an instant icon was born.
Built ins take the place of their moveable (and potentially bulkier) counterparts to become an integral part of the home's architecture and create timeless appeal.
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