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As Ogden Nash once said, “People who work sitting down get paid more than people who work standing up.” Let’s hope that’s the case for everyone. Opt in for a job sitting down according to Nash.
Seating is essential to any home. Seating is used for eating, socialising, working and resting. It is timeless to any place, any culture, any country and any home.If it is an inevitable element to your home, why not embrace it and research into it?
Provide your own space with some structure, utility and aesthetic. It is essential to note, however, that antique seating dating 1950 is often not fire retardant. Check with the seller if any fabric advertised is safe and suitable for your home.
From armchairs to dining chairs, have a look at what Vinterior has to offer in our curated and remarkable inventory.

Origins of Antique Seating

Chairs date back to shapes as simple as a bench or a stool from the Antiquity and Middle Ages. Upholstered seats started to trend in the 17th century. From the 18th century, this expanded to dining chairs, where the mindset shifted to comfort and luxury. In the UK, prominent chair makers were Thomas Chippendale, George Hepplewhite and Thomas Sheraton, but it was led by the French of th eLouis XV and Louis XVI periods.
Originally, antique seating would be made with loose feather-filled cushions, however, from the 1830s such chairs were upholstered with metal springs which were padded and webbed.

Common styles and types of antique seating

Choosing your antique seating is like choosing from a candy shop. From the 19th century, manufacturers often marked their names on the piece with a stamp.

The Bergere

This chair is French with an upholstered back and frame. Often molded and carved wood, this can be painted, gilded or finished with a waxy shine. This is a lounge piece which is fitting with a seat cushion tailored to fit. This boomed in Paris during the Regency period.

The Chippendale

One of the most famous, this chair is recognisable for the legs fashioned in a lion’s paw or a ball and claw form.

The Fauteuil

This French piece is an open arm chair with an exposed wooden frame. Prominent in the 18th century, it is carved with a relief ornament. The seat is upholstered as is the back of the seat and arms. The exposed wood is gilded or painted.