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Focus On: Tufted Modern Furniture

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 16, 2016 01:01 AM
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by ESLTeam last modified Jan 15, 2016

When you think of tufted furniture, what interior design style comes to mind? You might think of tufted fabric as being a staple of traditional furniture, but in fact the humble tuft has long been used by modern designers. Think Mies Van Der Rohe and his iconic Barcelona Chair, one of the most recognized designs of the 20 th century. Or, to cite another example, the loveable Papa Bear Chair by Danish furniture designer Hans J. Wegner. Indeed, modern designers of all types have used tufting to add a luxurious feel and a little decoration to straight-lined, geometric furniture forms. Tufting is achieved by an upholsterers threading layers of fabric or leather and securing the ends of the thread with a knot or button. Geometric patterns can be formed with the tufts to create additional visual interest. The roots of tufting do indeed extend far into the past. Tufting emerged with the popularity of the Chesterfield sofa in the 1700s. The Chesterfield, named after the fourth Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Stanhope, who commissioned it, is a large leather sofa with distinctive rolled arms the same height as the back and deep button tufting on the back and seat. The heavy button tufts helped keep all the horsehair stuffing inside the sofa in place. Later on in the late 1800s, tufting was used to accentuate the comfort provided by a new invention – the sofa spring. Inner springs were placed inside seat cushions to solve the problem of the stuffing shifting around and exposing the hard wood frames underneath. Heavy button tufts accentuated the soft upholstered feeling, kept all that horsehair stuffing in place, and created furniture ideal for lounging on over long periods of time. Here are some examples of modern tufted furniture : Clockwise from top left: Roxbury Spa Chenille Sofa (EU4C963); Royce Tufted Faux Leather Bench (EU6K234); Waldorf Retro Lounge Chair (EU8J212); Gelsenkirchen Club Chair (EU7R331) We love tufting for its decorative quality and for the little bit of luxury it adds to any setting. So, don’t fear the tuft, it’s more modern than you think! Image source: Euro Style Lighting






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