SOFA STYLE EVOLUTION

The second question is your lifestyle requirements for your sofa.  The sofa story is a long one that ebbs and flows from formal and stiff to comfortable and relaxed over generations, continents and decades. We have examples on the side tab about the evolution of sofa style. Whether or not you have a formal or casual home will become a major factor in deciding your sofa shape and style. The most popular styles today are:

Chesterfield

Chester
Tuxedo
Tuxedo
Camel Back
Camel Back
The Lawson
The Lawson
Banquette
Banquette
Danish or SwedishDanish or Swedish
Mid-Century
HGI.Turo.Ocean
Mid-Century Fitted
Mid-Century Fitted
Sectional
Sectional-Grey



















The Chesterfield sofa originated in Great Britain in the early 1700’s.  It is a deep-buttoned sofa with arms and back of the same height. It is usually made from leather but looks exquisite in turquoise velvet as pictured above.









The Tuxedo sofa exhibits the origins of modern style with its clean simple lines where the arms are the same height as the back. This style first emerged in sophisticated Manhattan apartments and soirees in the 1900’s.









Also British in origin, this style has a fitted back with only seat cushions.  In general, this is the most formal style sofa. A moon or camel back shape of the back is the most common example. Pictured above is a modern buttoned version with a high back and low-scooped arms.










The Lawson is an early 20
th century version of the Tuxedo sofa. The arms are lower than the back and have seat and back cushions and has a more informal and relaxed quality. The original Lawson sofa was created for Thomas W. Lawson (1857-1925), a Boston financier.  He liked his furniture to be modern and comfortable, so the sofa designed for him was overstuffed and layered with pillows.





A Banquette is the epitomy of the 1950’s Hollywood Regency style as it projects vintage elegance and glamour. This sofa is known for its curved back, low height and tufted finishes.











The Scandinavian style is the holy bible for the mid- century aesthetic.  The sofas are usually low, compact and easy to move in small apartment with narrow doors.  They are often made of teak and have unusual shape and forms.  The piece pictured is a “pod” sofa by the Swedish designer, Overman.







The mid-century style seems to be on trend at the moment and the piece pictured is our top seller.  This styles influence comes from both the Lawson and Scandinavian aesthetic and works well in modern living scenarios.










Mid Century Fitted has fitted back gives this contemporary sofa and formal feel.  The frame at the base also gives it a hint of Hollywood glamour.










The sectional sofa is usually a chaise and loveseat combination.  This can be useful for an apartment with narrow access and the two pieces are separate. The sectional pictured is from our new line for those who do not need custom specifications and is usually available in house or within a few weeks.