The chaise lounge, that elongated chair that’s easy to relax in, has a long history that dates back to both ancient Egypt and ancient Greece. There, it was called a kline or klinai and was used for the then common habit of reclining while eating and socialising. In 16th century France, the predecessor to the modern chaise chair was made for the upper classes, so they’d have somewhere to lounge outside of the bedroom. It’s been associated with luxury and decadence ever since.
Nowadays, however, a chaise lounge is more accessible to everyday folk, making a statement in a boudoir bedroom, a reading nook, entertaining or living area. Chaise lounge chairs can be ornate or sleek, so there’s one for every decorating taste. The most common type is the méridienne – the chaise chair with a high head rest and lower foot rest. Alternatively, the duchesse brisée usually comes in two parts: The chair and footrest.
In a work setting, the chaise lounge chair is associated with psychology and ‘talk therapy’. But they’re suitable for any worker who needs a place to power nap between work stints. Instead of an armchair, why not invest in one that matches your office chairs?
In an opulent, open-plan living area, you can combine a variety of luxury chairs. If your luxury dining chairs are plush white with metallic copper accents, place a recliner with similar specifications within view for a seamless space that invites you to rest and relax. Something with a more retro look would suit a room decked out in quirky vintage furniture.