LOUNGE ACT: THE ENDURING APPEAL OF THE CHAISE

by Marisa Marcantonio


A chaise or a daybed is the perfect place to linger. Throughout history, especially during the time of the rise of the French aristocracy in the 18th century, the chaise longue has had its place in living rooms and bedrooms. This diverse piece of furniture performs double duty as part of a seating arrangement or as an actual bed in a guest room. Sit or snooze, you can't lose.

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie

Anthropologie's Vilas Velvet Daybed is upholstered in contrasting velvet and linen and has a wood frame, just like the French original is it inspired by. The tufted mattress cushion looks wonderfully plush.

Photo courtesy of Serena and Lily

Photo courtesy of Serena and Lily

From the moment I laid eyes on this woven Avalon Daybed from Serena and Lily I was smitten. Adding a woven element to a room brings a light and airy feeling. The softly sloping 1940's silhouette reads "vacation mode," and the design, even though it is rattan, transcends seasonality.

Photo courtesy of Duralee

Photo courtesy of Duralee

A mix of Colonial and English styles, John Robshaw's Najat Chaise for Duralee. Tailored and accented by turned legs, the piece is easily mobile on casters.

Photo courtesy of Century

Photo courtesy of Century

For those that prefer rounded corners, the Coco Chaise from Century has soft curves

A low profile and sink-in soft cushion on Lee Industries chaise can go modern or traditional

Photo courtesy of West Elm

Photo courtesy of West Elm

Handsome and sleek, the Upholstered Nailhead Double Chaise from West Elm comes with two round bolsters and a slim profile

Photo courtesy of Brunschwig and Fils

Photo courtesy of Brunschwig and Fils

With a minimalist wood base, high sides and rectangular bolster pillows the Dauphine Daybed from Brunschwig and Fils is a streamlined choice that can work with almost any design style.

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie

Danish design is having a big moment. Capitalizing on this trend, Anthropologie has introduced their Haverhill Daybed in white lacquer with mid century style and simple detailing.