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The Evolution of The Chaise

From its regal origins in French courts to its contemporary presence in modern homes, the chaise longue has transcended time and societal shifts. Evolving to meet changing needs and trends, the chaise remains a testament to luxury, comfort, and the art of relaxation.

The History

    The modern chaise longue that we are commonly accustomed to was first popularised during the 16th Century in France. These chaises provided a luxurious space for relaxation outside the confines of the bedroom.

    It was during the Rococo period that the chaise longue became a symbol of social status, and only the rarest and most expensive materials were used in their construction.

    In the Victorian era, the chaise longue took on a new role with the emergence of the "fainting couch." Designed for corset-clad ladies, this specialised piece of furniture provided a reprieve for women struggling with restricted movement and breathability, offering them a place to relax and recover.

    The Industrial Revolution of the 20th century revolutionised the chaise longue, making it accessible to a broader demographic. Mass production techniques democratised the once-exclusive piece, allowing all classes to indulge in leisurely comfort.

    As society embraced outdoor leisure in the 20th century, the chaise longue metamorphosed into a popular outdoor furnishing. Ideal for poolside lounging or deck relaxation, the modern outdoor chaise longue boasts ergonomic designs suited for both comfort and style.

Marilyn Monroe | Portrait of Madame Récamier by Jacques-Louis David (1800, Louvre)

The Design

    One of the defining features of a chaise longue is its versatility. It can serve as a statement piece in a room, adding a touch of sophistication and elegance, or blend seamlessly into the existing decor, providing a comfortable spot for relaxation. The adaptability of chaise makes them a popular choice for both interior designers and homeowners alike, who seek to create inviting and stylish living spaces.

    In addition to their aesthetic appeal, chaise longues offer practical benefits. Their ergonomic design provides optimal support for the body, allowing for hours of comfortable lounging or reading. Whether used for a midday nap, a leisurely afternoon of reading or a cosy evening of TV watching, a chaise lounge offers a luxurious and inviting respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

©Jessica Buckley Interiors

George Smith Chaises

    At George Smith, we strive to uphold and enhance this timeless appeal through our selection of meticulously crafted chaises that embody the perfect balance of form and function.

    From classic designs with tufted upholstery and scrolled arms to modern pieces with sleek lines and minimalist aesthetics, our collection caters to a range of tastes and preferences.

    Whether you prefer traditional elegance or contemporary chic, George Smith has a chaise longue that will complement your indoor or outdoor style.


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