By Milania Ouellette. Chaise Lounge Design. Published at Monday, May 21st, 2018 - 14:00:59 PM.
The chaise continues to be a very popular piece of furniture in today's American culture. This is especially true when it comes to furnishing outdoor and enclosed spaces. It is the ultimate in relaxation, but provides support to do quiet activities outside, like read, snack, knit, or conversation. Chaise longues are also available in many different styles and lengths. Some will reflect the chaises most popular era (the Rococo Period), and some are very sleek and modern in appearance. Some chaises are created with modern ergonomic design to provide maximum comfort.
The chair stays true to neo-classical sensibilities, while sporting a rounded backrest which extends into two sloping armrests, thus taking on a wide U shape. They closely resemble a traditional French lit bateau, or boat bed, though designed for common areas rather than the bedroom. Predominantly backless, there are some Recamiers with backs along the long edge of the seat. The term itself Recamier can be applied to other loose types of furniture design.
The chaise lounge is an amalgam of the day bed and the lounge chair. The day bed is likely the heaviest influence in the creation of the Chaise lounge. The day bed design was originally utilized in Egypt, and has been a continual inspiration for designers across many cultures and time periods. The time period for the merger of the day bed and the chair to produce the chaise lounge is unclear, but this style of lounge began its rise in popularity in the Americas in the early twentieth century. The name "chaise longue" is French in origin and literally means long-chair. The similarity between the French word longue and the English word lounge, the term is commonly mispronounced by most Americans. The pronunciation of "longue" is much more similar to the English word "long" with a long G sound on the end.
Another is scale. A lounge chair shouldn't overwhelm the space you're putting it in. That was part of the problem with the old style loungers. They were massive, especially when grandpa reclined it all the way back. It could suck the visual life out of a room. Lounge chairs today are much more subdued in scale yet still full featured and far more attractive.
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