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This was a slow, immersive project as time was taken to completely strip and rebuild, this ‘lady’ chesterfield sofa from scratch, using traditional fillings and methods.
The origins of the Chesterfield style sofa is quite interesting. Deep buttoning tends to be associated with the Victorians and whilst the Chesterfield flourished during this time, it is in fact older, first appearing in the 18th century.
Hannah’s sofa has a partnering armchair which has an Edwardian design, possibly placing them both in the 1900s. A ‘W.B’ makers-mark was found which may be William Birch & Co – chairmakers associated with the Arts & Crafts movement, which aligns with the period.
The slim-line physique is a lovely size to work on – although this did mean it needed some small adjustments to the standard configuration of spring placements for this style – and it makes it a much more practical design for modern living.
The Bouclé fabric by Bute is a chunky version of the looped weave and is made from 97% pure new wool, some stretch to manage, and fantastic durability ratings. Simplifying details, such as omitting the piping, works better with the thick texture and creates a smart, contemporary finish.
See the work in progress here.