A while back I posted this picture below and Lindsey from Recreated asked me what kind of chair it was. So I thought I would scour up a little info for her and a few more photos for you of this stunning “over the top” chair.
Meet the Porter’s Chair…
This example above is from the Bank of England Museum, 1827.
The Porter’s Chair dates back to medieval times in England and later to 16th century France. It was a chair stationed by the front door of a grande estate or home where a hall porter sat as a gate keeper. The hall porter allowed admittance to the chateau those whom he could recognize or those who could prove their identity and invitation. Chilly days and drafty nights were warded off by the high domed back and enveloping sides.
Also called a dome chair, balloon chair or canopy chair, contemporary versions of the porter’s chair are everywhere these days. I love them. Kelly Wearstler uses them quite a bit in her restaurant designs. It’s enveloping shape creates an intimate setting, perfect for a romantic evening for two.
So what do you think? Too over the top, or the perfect way to make a grand statement? I think they are magnificent!
Images: 1.Melanie Turner Interiors / 2. Bank of England Museum / 3. BG Restaurant – Kelly Wearstler via Apartment Therapy/ 4. Tides South Beach – Kelly Wearstler / 5. Atlanta Homes - Amy Morris Interiors – Photographer: Erica George Dines /6. Elle Decor – Devon Kirk’s Home – Photographer: William Abranowicz / 7. Amy Morris Interiors via Honestly…WTF / 8. Greystone Estate – Thom Filicia
For a more detailed and in depth history of the Porter’s chair… yes, there is more… visit this post at Apartment Therapy for a wealth of knowledge.
PS. Thanks for all the well wishes last week here and on Facebook. I’m feeling much better now! Thank goodness!