If there's one thing we like at Soho House, it's a comfy sofa: slouchy corduroy couches or deep-buttoned Chesterfields that just invite you to kick off your shoes and relax. A great sofa will always make a room, so it's worth getting it right. The most commented-on sofas in the Houses are our traditional Chesterfields. Whether it's a vintage version or brand new, the style works anywhere and never seems to date.

The origins of the Chesterfield are somewhat hazy, but all definitions agree on a few distinctive characteristics: a true Chesterfield should have a low base, be deep-buttoned, leather-covered (although ours comes in soft, durable mohair too) and with rolled, upholstered arms that are the same height as the sofa back.

The term ‘Chesterfield’ has been used to refer to a sofa, or just a piece of furniture, for centuries. Some anecdotes cite Philip Stanhope, the fourth Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773) as the man behind the design. A trendsetter of his day, he reportedly commissioned a local craftsman to make him a piece of furniture that would allow a gentleman to sit comfortably without creasing his clothes. The Earl is said to have bequeathed his much-loved sofa to his nephew, who was impressed by how it had actually improved in appearance with years of use. Other aristocrats admired it and had it copied, and so an iconic piece of British design was born.

 

 

Durable and elegant, the Chesterfield hasn’t changed much in design since the 18th century. Soho House Director of Design and Development, James Waterworth says “The Chesterfield is an iconic English look and you saw them in gentlemen’s members’ clubs back in the Victorian age. They can work in any environment; we’ve used them in Miami just by using a slightly different fabric. The proportions are incredibly beautiful. Soho House is an English member’s club, but we put our own spin on it with fun fabrics. It’s an investment – it’ll never go out of style.”

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