Before delving into the topic of this article, I felt the need to comment on a couple of things:
- the original spelling was “chaise longue“, which meant “long chair” in French. Here in Canada (and in other parts of the world too, I suspect), I have sometimes seen it written “chaise lounge“; and
- I have always thought of a chaise longue as a piece of furniture for sitting on with an end and a back that gradually reduced in height, and perhaps a second end as well.
Although chairs with an extended seat could be called chaise longues, for the point of this article, I excluded them.
Last weekend, I was in a furniture store when I noticed a chaise longue. I’ve always been attracted to seating furniture and have always liked analyzing its lines and comfort, and this chaise longue was no different.
After a cursory look at the form, I sat down crossways, with my feet flat on the ground, my back against the sloped, upholstered back rest. Then I pivoted and swung my legs up onto the extended upholstered seat. I found this position equally comfortable. I liked that the back rest wasn’t reclined as most lounge chairs seemed. However, I could slouch if I wanted to sit in a more laid-back position.
Only yesterday did I realize that every chaise longue that I’d seen was a period piece. Even a search of the internet yielded no contemporary versions.
Just in case you haven’t already guessed, I am thinking about designing a chaise longue. I’m not sure what it will look like, but it’s a pretty safe bet that wood will be one of the primary materials used.