SCP have launched a 21st Century version of the classic chesterfield sofa. Designed by Donna Wilson for the 2011 Collection, this enduring design typology has retained its appeal across many generations.
The Chesterfield is believed to have been first created when Phillip Stanhope, the 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773), commissioned the first leather chesterfield sofa with its distinctive deep buttoned, quilted leather upholstery and low seat base. The word “chesterfield” certainly spread into the furniture vernacular, coming into common use across America and Canada in the 19th Century as a catch all word for a couch. In England, it has always retained its link to the deep buttoned version we know so well. It also conjures us a sense of grandness, which is probably because chesterfields take many hours to make, so were often expensive.
The Munro chesterfield is part of SCP’s new range of sustainable upholstery. It’s made from a European hardwood frame, zig zag springs and is upholstered with natural fibres, animal hair and wool. It features two large piped edged feather cushions that are notable for their depth. The back is deep buttoned and hand pleated. It has turned stained beech legs with brass plated wheels. It is available in either fabric or leather and quite appropriately, made by hand in the UK.