Published at Friday, July 05th 2019. by samuel afrid in Velvet Chairs.
In England the Restoration brought a similar trend toward more luxurious living, but the exuberant styles imported by large numbers of immigrant Continental craftsmen had to be modified for English tastes. A finely carved front stretcher became fashionable but was abandoned at the end of the 17th century with the introduction of the cabriole leg. The gently curved back and cabriole legs of chairs first used in the Queen Anne period in England remained popular for half a century. Rococo design showed itself in the ribbonback, or ribband back, chairs (chairs whose splats are curved in an intricate pattern of ribbons and bows) and French chairs illustrated in Thomas Chippendale Gentleman and Cabinetmaker Director, which also recorded the popularity of Gothic and chinoiserie (Chinese style) designs.
From the 1970 onwards, velvet was a favourite amongst celebrity culture, making it highly coveted and easily accessible to popular culture. The glamazons of the 70 incorporated it into kimonos, floating dresses and bell bottoms in fashion and via mustard yellow and brown furniture to complete their far out homes. As pop icons progressed, so did velvet, and lovers of the 1980 and 90 instead opted for a visibly crushed look, not to be confused with velour. Yes, I have the photos to prove it.
In France the square lines of 16th century chairs gradually gave way to more luxurious padding and carved arms ending in scrolls or animals heads. During the reign of Louis XIV, furniture became grander. Chair backs became higher and had curved tops, arms were sometimes upholstered, seats were wider, and woodwork was finely carved and gilded or painted.
The material was held in place by large-headed brass nails. In the 17th century large numbers of richly carved chairs were produced. In Italy many pieces of furniture were the work of sculptors, the most outstanding of whom was Andrea Brustolon. His suite of chairs now in the Ca Rezzonico in Venice, with legs and arms carved as gnarled tree trunks and branches, arms supported by black boys with heads and arms of ebony and breeches of boxwood, marked his zenith.
It is no secret we moved from coast to coast across the country earlier this year. We ended up selling the majority of our furniture in the process. The fun part of relocating like this is having to re buyinf new furniture pieces to fit the character of your new home. The first place I looked for unique pieces for our California bungalow was Article. Our home has three bedrooms. The third bedroom is a small unconventional room that we think was intended as an office space. It has four tall floor to ceiling glass windows so you can see all the luscious greenery in our backyard and has a cool wood plank ceiling.
There is nothing like freezing winter weather to drive me into one of my favorite cozy reading chairs tucked into the perfect reading nook for hours at a time, wrapped in a fuzzy blanket with a steaming mug of tea next to me. But the most essential piece of that equation the reading chair can sometimes be the most difficult to get right if you are shopping for a new one.
Because it is not a flat woven fabric like linen, velvet requires more yarn and takes multiple steps to produce. Yarn is first woven together on a loom between two layers of backing. The fabric is then split down the middle, creating two identical pieces, each with the upraised pile that provides its soft, heightened texture. Velvet can be woven from any type of yarn. While in the past it was typically woven from silk, today cotton, linen, wool, and synthetic fibers (often in combination) are commonly used.
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