As more of us are being drawn towards more contemporary designs in furniture, we are also becoming more concerned with comfort when choosing our furniture pieces. Many consumers today are leaning towards sectionals that are attached to chaise lounges. This particular look allows the lounger to relax in a piece of furniture that becons them to “kick up their heels and take a load off”. Chaise lounges have been around for centuries, but are currently in more demand because of the luxurious look that it adds to a room scheme.
The history of the chaise lounge starts with the Egyptians around the years 3100- 2890 B.C., originating with palm sticks lashed together with cord or rawhide binding the pieces together. This look was fit for the dynasty of the time and was used as a daybed for royalty. Egyptians were not the only ones who used this style of furniture as the Greeks also used the lounge chair in their decor. During the 8th century, the trend started moving away from gathering around a table to lounging on a chaise lounge to drink together which was a much more comfortable approach to drunkenness.
As we explore the history of furniture styles, we find chaise lounges used in many different cultures. Prominently used by the wealthy, this look emerged into many different genres of chaise lounges. Check out the differences.
Duchesse Brisèe Chaise Lounge
With a phrase that literally means “broken dutch” in french, this particular chaise lounge was inspired by having the chaise lounge divided into two parts; chair and footstool. This a very common look for many, but today we call this a chair and ottoman combination.
Rècamier Chaise Lounge
The recamierchaise lounge has two ends raised and nothing on the sides. It was commonly referred to as the “boat bed” during the Neo-Classical French Period of 1777-1849. Influenced by Madame Rècamier’s style who used this piece in her drawing room, which probably gave that perfect touch to still life drawings.
Mèridienne Chaise Lounge
This particular style of chaise lounge is probably the most common. It is known for its look of a high headrest, low foot rest, and is joined by a sloping arm. Also know as a Fainting Sofa, this look was common for women to use in the days of corsets and female hysteria which allowed them a private space in which they could work out their issues.
As we can see there are many different types of chaise lounges that have emerged throughout the centuries. The emergence of different styles depended on its creator’s ergonomical use of the furniture piece. This can be influenced by both personal use and by pushing the barriers of design to be more modern. Someone who pushed this look into a classical modern aesthetic is the architect and designer Le Corbusier. With his approach to minimalistic structure he created his LC-4 which keeps the same ergonomics of an chaise lounge but erases the ornamental qualities of the design.
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Written by: Erica Guajardo
Edited by: Linda Decuir