By Romaine Delage. Occasional Chairs. Published at Thursday, February 15th, 2018 - 08:57:09 AM.
If you look at antique French wing chairs, or newer chairs echoing the Louis XIV or Louis XV period, you may well see a lower seat in the bergère style. Similarly, in 18th century England Hepplewhite tried lowering the seat in his designs. He called the wings saddle-cheeks, perhaps knowing that they were called cheeks, not wings, in France. Ears is their other name, used in some parts of Europe, and remembered in the old-fashioned British name lug-chair. (Lugs is slang for ears.)
Examples of these are elegant bookcases, crafted in hardwood with a beautiful rosewood or walnut veneer. An empty corner can be filled with a tall elegant corner cabinet, and you have a fabulous selection of consoles available, beautiful semi-round tables with one straight back to stand against a wall anywhere in your home. They make lovely telephone tables!
Flexibility is exceptionally important when buying occasional chairs. The chairs, even when purchased for a specific space in a certain room, should give you the ability to move them to another room at a later stage. Chances are that you are not going to keep your room exactly the same for years to come, over time you will want to make a change.
So what type of furniture are we discussing here? Examples are coffee tables and end tables, traditional hickory rocking chairs, chests, ottomans and commodes. Items of home furniture that are not classed as occasional furniture include small round display tables, free-standing globes, such as globe wine racks, and curio cabinets which are generally classed as accent pieces.
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