TETE A TETE ON A BANQUETTE

by Marisa Marcantonio


Banquettes are not just for restaurants. They make a lot of sense at home, and are often the perfect solution for kitchen dining areas where space is at a premium. They are also helpful in tight spaces. The past few markets at High Point I noticed a crop of new sectional banquettes that feature biscuit tufting as well as other classic treatments. Here are some examples worth noting on how to use them and a few on the market at the moment. Sink in and enjoy.

Markham Roberts used a custom made teal blue velvet banquette by Anthony Lawrence Belfair in his Kips Bay Showhouse room last year.

Photo courtesy of Elle Decor

Photo courtesy of Elle Decor

A long orange banquette with intricate embroidery spans a wall in a dining room done by Katie Ridder

Photo courtesy of Domaine Home

Photo courtesy of Domaine Home

Using a durable vinyl in a living room, Melissa Rufty designed a tufted version to span wall space between two windows

Photo by Francois Halard courtesy of The New York Times

Photo by Francois Halard courtesy of The New York Times

Low and cozy, Daniel Romauldez created this sectional banquette to fill the corner of a comfortable wood paneled library in New York City

Photo courtesy of Henredon

Photo courtesy of Henredon

Available with or without a kick pleat flounce, The Donya Armless Banquette by Celerie Kemble for Henredon was a favorite at High Point. Separate or together, this seating multi tasks.

Photo courtesy of Pearson

Photo courtesy of Pearson

Pearson's Parisian banquette is upholstered with biscuit tufting on the seat and back and has an unadorned base. It can also be broken apart and moved.

Photo courtesy of Century Furniture

Photo courtesy of Century Furniture

The fully upholstered Skirted Armless Banquette from Century is great for large families and larger areas

Photo courtesy of Lee Industries

Photo courtesy of Lee Industries

How sharp does a stripe look on this clean lined version from Lee Industries? A nailhead trim around the base and light wood leg add to the Lake Banquette's appeal. It can be separated  to work in different areas of the room.