The copyright for this highly popular furniture item belongs to Turkey. In the ancient Turkish homes, the Ottoman was the central piece of a living room, of much larger dimensions as we expect it today, accommodating the whole family. Well,  a family with one dad and multiple mothers (just for the sake of the gossip…). Going along entire walls of a room, and piled with plenty of cushions, it must have been a very very inviting seating layout. The Moorish Hall (although inspired by the Spanish – Moorish culture, not by the Turkish) in the Peles castle in Sinaia is a close example of such a room. It emerged into the European interiors in the 18th century, dimensions and layout maintained, but later it evolved into a circular or octagonal shape, sometimes with a central piece …

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Here I am with a new gossip session about furniture styles. Still having sofas as target, and today’s sofa could not be more suitable for this series.  The tete-a-tete is also known as gossip couch. Though developed in the early 19th century in France out of cushioned french sofas, it was very popular in the Victorian period, thus many surviving pieces feature a more ornate style the the one in the picture above. As the french name is stating, it was a seating situation meant for an intimate conversation. Well, sometimes “intimate conversation” is the pseudonym for gossip. The sinuous shape forms two seats facing in opposite direction but still very close to see out of the corner of the eye the person seating next and having that intimate conversation with. The antique versions are generally …

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  It seems that antique furniture builders and designers considered a lot the social habits of the times, when coming up with a new piece of furniture. La Boudeuse (French for the English “sulky” or for the Romanian “bosumflata”) is usually a two seat sofa, which is fine, nevertheless, the two seats are looking opposite ways, having only the back in common… Practically, an anti-love seat. The perfect seating situation for two lovers being en froid, or maybe for a wife and a mistress attending the same social gathering and elegantly avoiding each other. The Victorian version might have been adopted due to the great concern regarding intimacy between young lovers. Otherwise, for peaceful or contemporary living circumstances, a highly unpractical seating option. 🙂 Developed in the mid 19th century, probably in France during the late …

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  Back again with some granny gossip. First the historical facts, though. Then the fun! The Meridienne is a sofa-chaise-longue hybrid, of an asymmetrical shape, featuring a sloping back, starting form the higher headrest to the shorter curved footrest.  It has been developed in the early 1800s, during the English Regency and the French Empire, though the one in the picture above is a later German Biedermeier. It reminds of the Ancient Greece furniture style, but this is on purpose, as back then, the Europeans had a thing for the ancient cultures, Egypt, Rome, Greece. Pretty much everything that was popular in the ancient empires, was revived late 1700s, early 1800s, all that being triggered by that little man known by the name of Napoleon Bonaparte and his imperialistic ambitions love for ancient design, uncovered during …

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    Behind the art of furniture restoration lies more than just craftsmanship.  A good furniture restorer is first of all an art and furniture historian. Politics, religion, society and technology or the lack of technology influenced throughout the history the shape, dimension, decoration and functionality of the furniture crafted and used in households. Restoring a pieces a furniture, especially a valuable piece, requests a high attention to its provenance and to the materials and methods used back in those times to produce furniture. Nails, woods, veneers should be as old as the furniture if possible. That’s why in a restorer workshop every nail or pieces of broken wood or chip of veneer is saved from ongoing projects, for future pieces that might need parts replaced. Many acquire cheep but old furniture just for the “spare …

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