By Romaine Delage. Chaise Lounge. Published at Thursday, December 14th, 2017 - 03:57:57 AM.
The Recamier is sometimes mistaken for a chaise lounge because of its similar appearance, but they do in fact look different. This seat was named for its appearance in the 1800 painting of Mme. Recamier by Jacques-Louis David and came thereafter to be associated with the French socialite. 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.
Chaise lounges can also be adapted for both indoor and outdoor use, and can make an iconic centrepiece for your garden party. They come in a variety of styles, including the popular hammock style. This creates a feeling of floating as users are suspended as though on a swing, allowing them to sway gently in the breeze as they relax and soak up the sunshine. Most of these come with umbrellas or canopies for shade and have plenty of padding for extra comfort. Some are even termed 'day beds' owed to how much they resemble the indoor bed; allowing for a luxurious and relaxing experience outside.
For budding interior designers and home décor enthusiasts a chaise lounge is a must-have piece of luxury furniture that looks sleek and sophisticated in any interior. Chaise lounges are extended upholstered chairs which resemble couches but with open ends for a more laid back seating experience. Chaise lounges are of 18th century French origin but have evolved through the ages to come in a variety of shapes and styles to match the more contemporary interior. Chaise can be upholstered in the fabric of your choosing and are a great addition to your home furnishings scheme.
Teak chaise lounges are the best choice in terms of durability and attractiveness. Teak's high oil content makes it virtually rot proof and extremely resistant to the elements. It is a strong and beautiful material. Unfortunately, it is also usually harvested unsustainably and is therefore a poor choice if one is concerned with environmental health. The exception is teak that is farmed sustainably, though this can be somewhat hard to find. Other wood chaise lounges suitable for outdoor use include those made with other rot resistant woods, such as cedar.
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