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Discover The Chesterfield Sofa

    It is believed that the Chesterfield Sofa gets its name from Lord Phillip Stanhope, the 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773). Lord Stanhope was a nobleman, renowned for his style and gentlemanly decorum, and legend has it that he commissioned the first sofa of this style, with a low seat, deep buttoning and quilted leather upholstery. The Chesterfield Sofa gained popularity in the 19th Century, following the introduction of the spring coil for upholstery.

    George Smith is renowned globally for our exceptional expertise in the art of upholstering Chesterfields. The pocket sprung seat of a Chesterfield is specifically designed to deliver maximum support. The springs preserve their initial firmness and shape, providing supreme comfort even after prolonged use.

    The charm of the Chesterfield lies in its versatility, epitomising the perfect blend of heritage and innovation, extravagance and practicality.

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The Making of a Chesterfield Sofa

    Our Chesterfields are made by hand, using traditional woodwork and upholstery techniques. Every step in the creation of this sofa takes place under one roof in our workshop, situated just outside Newcastle, England.
    Our frames are constructed by hand, from responsibly sourced wood which has been kiln dried. Our upholsterers then work skilfully to position and hand tie cone springs to the seat and back. Cone springs help to optimise comfort by evenly distributing weight across the back and seat.
    The springs are wrapped in hessian and hand-tied again to ensure correct positioning and maximum protection for the fillings. Natural horse hair is then applied to give a voluptuous depth to the deep buttoned arm, seat, and back area. The fillings are encased in a fitted cotton lining which holds the loose hair in position as well as enabling the upholsterer to plan out the button formation.
    Our crafts people are then ready to apply the fabric and deep buttoning. Each individual tufted ‘diamond’ is upholstered by hand, using a special 40cm upholstery needle. Each button is handmade using the same fabric or leather, and our standard Chesterfield sofa has approximately 200 buttons.

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