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Here to Stay: 9 Classic Furniture Pieces You'll Love

Stephanie Kratz
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May 6, 2019

Tick, tock. Tick, tock.

You listen to the rhythm of time as played by your grandfather clock. You take a look around your home and breath a deep sigh of contentment.

It's perfect.

It has a classic, timeless feel to it. Every item comes together perfectly to create a home that is chic, modern, and will never go out of style.

How do you achieve this level of contentment, you ask? Find the classical furniture designs to suit your home and happiness will follow. We've compiled a list of 9 classic furniture pieces that have stood the test of time, so read on and find your bliss.

1. The Grandfather Clock

Grandfather clocks are truly classic. They have been around since about 1660 after mechanics tweaked Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens's design for a clock driven by a pendulum.

Huygens's design was based on the research of Galileo Galilei, who first came up with the idea of a timepiece powered by a pendulum swinging.

However, Galileo was unable to build a pendulum-driven clock that actually worked, so the idea was put on hold until Huygens came along in 1657 and built the first functioning pendulum clock.

When they first became popular, they were known as "long case clocks". It wasn't until 1876, when Henry Clay Work's song "Grandfather's Clock" was published, that people began to refer to them as "grandfather clocks".

2. Wingback Chairs

There are few pieces of furniture that are cozier by the fireside than a solid wingback chair.

These classic chairs grew in popularity during the early 1700s, due to both their form and function. The wings of the chair are designed to keep out cold draughts so you stay cozy and warm by the fireside.

This practical design was seen on wooden benches much earlier than the 18th century, but only truly became popular once upholstery and bright, eye-catching fabrics were a part of the design.

3. The Chesterfield Sofa

It's impossible to mistake the Chesterfield sofa for anything other than what it is—a timeless piece of furniture that makes a statement.

The exact origins of the sofa and how it got its name are somewhat hazy, but its design is clear-cut.

The Chesterfield is defined as a sofa with arms and a back that are the same height, and buttons pushed deep into the fabric to create the classic look that we all love.

The deep-buttoning, while pleasing to the eye, was used as a way to make the sofa less comfortable. The sofas were usually only owned by the richer members of society who often had guests.

The buttons on the sofa were supposed to make the guests uncomfortable so they wouldn't stay for long. That's one way to get rid of unwanted visitors!

It is thought that the sofa was named after the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Phillip Stanhope, a fashion expert and public speaker in the 18th century, but this is purely anecdotal.

4. Windsor Chair

These classic chairs date back to around the 16th century when wheelwrights began making spindles for chairs like they would spokes for a wheel.

These 16th-century versions tended to be straight-backed and evolved into the bow-back chairs that we are more familiar with once it became possible to steam bend wood.

Their name comes from the English town, Windsor, in Buckinghamshire.

However, the chairs are actually said to have been made in the nearby town of High Wycombe and transported to Windsor, which was the main center of trade between the chair manufacturers and the furniture dealers in London.

Today, they tend to be made from oak or pine wood and are still a staple piece of furniture after hundreds of years.

5. Upholstered Headboards

The concept of headboards goes back even further in human history, to the time of the Ancient Egyptians.

It is thought that the Egyptians created headboards to serve a more practical purpose—to reduce draughts and keep them warm while they slept.

The Ancient Greeks then expanded upon this concept and added cushioning to provide more comfort and support.

Over the many years, headboards have evolved from practical draught-excluders to symbols of wealth and power, and today they serve as both a source of comfort in bed and a gorgeous piece of furniture.

6. Barcelona Chairs

It's difficult not to be inspired by the wonders of Mediterranean design, particularly when it comes to the Barcelona chair.

Designed in 1929 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for the Spanish Royal Family, it is a classic piece with a much more modern design than some of the others we have discussed so far.

For this reason, the Barcelona chair endures, giving any room a sleek, modern feel that fits perfectly into the design trends of the 21st century.

7. Arco Floor Lamp

The magic of overhead lighting without the hassle of overhead wiring. In other words, the beauty of the Arco floor lamp.

The lamp was designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1962 in an effort to combine stunning form with fabulous function.

The marble base is not only an attractive part of its design but also essential for the proper function of the lamp.

It is perfectly balanced to avoid the lamp toppling over but also has a hole in the middle so that it can easily be carried by two people with a broom handle.

Its contemporary design and practicality make it the perfect addition to any modern space.

8. Florence Knoll Sofa

When admiring the modernity and impressive design of the Florence Knoll sofa, it comes as no surprise that she was taught by, and good friends with, Ludwig Mies van Der Rohe—designer of the beloved Barcelona chair.

The Florence Knoll sofa, designed in 1954, is simple and elegant and as a result, has become a staple piece of furniture in the modern home.

The design has evolved slightly to include a softer cushion (the original seat was quite firm), but not much else has changed about this sofa because changing it is unnecessary. The Florence Knoll sofa fits perfectly in almost any space.

9. Egg Chair

Take the classic wingback chair, add some late 1950s flair and what do you end up with? The iconic egg chair.

It was designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 for the Royal SAS Copenhagen Hotel. It takes the coziness of the wingback chair to a whole new level with its intense, egg-like curves.

If you're looking for all the comfort of a classic wingback by the fireside with more of a 21st-century feel, then the egg chair is the perfect chair for you.

Go Get Comfy with These Classical Furniture Designs

These 9 classical furniture designs have been around for decades, if not centuries, and remain largely unchanged due to their timeless look and sturdy design.

Because of their success, there are now many variations on these classic designs that you're sure to find the perfect piece for your home.

If you're in need of some guidance when it comes to the luxury interior design of your home, don't wait—get in touch with us today!

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