Is there Such a Thing as a Contemporary Chaise Longue?

Before delving into the topic of this article, I felt the need to comment on a couple of things:

  1. 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
  2. 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.
Chaise Longue (Photo from http://multay.com/)
This is what I think of as a chaise longue. (Photo from http://multay.com/)

Although chairs with an extended seat could be called chaise longues, for the point of this article, I excluded them.

I don't think of this as a chaise longue.  (Photo from http://www.miliboo.com)
I don’t think of this as a chaise longue. (Photo from http://www.miliboo.com)

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.

6 thoughts on “Is there Such a Thing as a Contemporary Chaise Longue?

  1. I’m excited to see how you will innovate in this form. I’ve often admired the chaise/divan pieces. I wonder if the form was replaced at least in part with the “loveseat” and the sectional sofa.

    A successful revival would need to provide two position, seating for one, yet also provide an alternative experience from the aforementioned furniture. Looking forward to see where you take this.

    1. Now that you mention it, I do recall seeing the form as part of a corner couch, which is usually comprised of two or more parts slid together. Here’s one example; the chaise longue part is at the back.

      Corner Couch (photo from http://gaddyhomebuilders.com/leather-sofas-tips.html)

      Chris

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