Monday, November 6, 2017

Know Your Sofas: The Camelback

For this installment of "Know Your Sofas," let's take a look at a very classic sofa with a very apt name.

Thomas Chippendale brought a new sofa silhouette into vogue in the late 18th century called a camelback. One look at it and you will easily see why it was so christened. The tight-back sofa has a hump--sometimes two--and features a center and side peaks. The sinuous curve is elegant and in its purest form the sofa features exposed legs and scrolled arms. A true Chippendale camelback sofa would of course be at home in a period room but it can work extremely well in transitional or even slightly modern spaces. The camelback can also come with more contemporary details like an apron and bun feet (seen on the navy sofa in the third image down). In leather, it takes on a clubby feel like a Chesterfield sofa (previously here), and with a skirt, it seems quite homey.

Happy designing!

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