Tufted or Chesterfield sofa

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Tufted or Chesterfield sofa is an elegant and refined evergreen. It is perfect in traditional environments and plays in contrast with contemporary furniture.

Tufted sofas
Arch. Diana Tomasich
Arch. Diana Tomasich

Tufted or chesterfield sofas, a trendy artisan tradition


The capitonné sofa, also known as Chesterfield sofa, was born in the English town of the same name in the 17th century.
Thanks to the peculiarity of its craftsmanship, it continues to furnish homes and offices all over the world even today.

The companies that are currently still dedicated to building the product by hand have decreased over time, but they are still quality sofas, durable over time, comfortable and valuable, suitable not only for classic and elegant environments, but also to living areas with a contemporary style.


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The capitonné is one of the most valuable and fascinating decorative styles in the world of furniture, each sofa is built with great skill and attention to every little detail by the companies.

This craftsmanship can also embellish bed's headboard, poufs, armchairs and many other furnishing elements.

The capitonné workmanship is a decoration that makes the surface of the sofa pleasantly wavy, enhancing the softness of the padding and creating a beautiful look.

Chester sofa with capitonne 'seat

The artisans, through the use of a particular technical tool for the realization of the capitonné, apply a series of buttons in an equidistant way, recreating the style according to a network arrangement.

The esterior of the capitonné padding can be square or rhomboid; the aesthetic effect is in any case very similar.

Usually artisans apply buttons of the same color as the upholstery, however it is also possible to choose particular buttons, such as the beautiful Swarowski Buttons.


The Chesterfield sofa: a detailed look


A Chesterfield must meet certain standards in order to live up to this name. Let's see the main features below.



The structure


The frame inside the sofa and must be made of solid fir wood throughout the structure, to give the skeleton a high resistance and the right elasticity thus guaranteeing the sofa a long life.

Two seater Chesterfield sofa frame - VAMA Divani
Having a solid structure in a sofa is important because it affects its quality over time; this is why Vama Divani pays attention to even the smallest details when creating a product.

The suspensions


The seat suspensions in the past were made with steel springs, one by one by hand, currently the most used process uses high resistance elastic belts.

Steel biconical springs Chesterfield sofa - VAMA Divani
This type of processing is simpler, cheaper and faster than the original one, (which can still be done), and is still able to keep the seat flexible and comfortable.

The padding


The capitonné decoration padding is made of high quality foam (high density polyurethane foam), therefore harder than the one used for the seat cushions.

Padding of the Chesterfield sofa - VAMA Divani
This implies perfection and a hold of the folds over time.

Leather


The choice of leather always requires particular attention, as the market offers many different types and qualities. The best leather of all is full-grain quality leather, which is extremely soft to the touch.

Chesterfield sofa leather - VAMA Divani
Some prefer to cover the tufted sofa in fabric or eco-leather, but these are types of upholstery that differ from the original Chesterfield sofa.

The craftsmanship of vintage Chesterfield sofas


In general, capitonné workmanship and the realization of a Chesterfield sofa, requires a mastery that is acquired only over time thanks to the advice handed down by artisans from generation to generation. A good capitonné workmanship must pay attention to every detail, such as the front folds of the armrest, worked in a uniform and linear way.

Chesterfield sofa craftsmanship - VAMA Divani
A capitonné workmanship is usually hard to find, the artisans of VAMA Divani are devote to every single sofa and, once finished and ready for shipment, they make a final check to make sure everything is impeccable.


Chesterfield armachair


The Chesterfield armchair is indispensable for a chester living room, it is flawless in classic contexts with its capitonné workmanship, equipped with buttons and numerous other finishes.

A fascinating piece of furniture for your home, also suitable for offices, professional studios and waiting rooms.
Measurements of a Chesterfield armchair: width 110 cm; depth 85 cm; height 70 cm.

The Chesterfield vintage leather armchair can also be made in other sizes, proposed by the VAMA Divani company:

Chesterfield armchairs - VAMA Divani
A true Made in Italy masterpiece, elegant and comfortable, it is available from € 920 (VAT included).
It is possible to choose the type of covering by viewing the online catalogs of the VAMA Divani company, divided into: Leathers and Fabrics.


Types of coverings for Chesterfield armchairs and sofas


VAMA Divani
offers a series of different types of Chesterfield sofa coverings and they are able to satisfy any request.

In the Leather Catalog, 10 types of leather are available, of various thickness and grain, with different colors:
- Full grain leather; Half grain leather; Grain leather with aged effect; Smooth leather with pearly effect.
With variable thickness from 0.9 mm to 1.4 mm, with a Fine-Natural grain.

These are types of high quality leathers which highlight their natural grain and guarantee maximum softness.

The refined variety of colors ranges in numerous shades from warmer to colder colors.

Chesterfield sofa in velvet - VAMA Divani
Twelve types of upholstery are available in the Fabric Catalog:

  • The Style fabric, 100% cotton with a very fine texture suitable for all types of furnishings.
  • Microfibre is the latest evolution in the world of materials which now is also adopted for furniture.
  • Eco-leather (synthetic leather or artificial leather).
  • Cotton and Linen, ideal for those who want to feel a cool sensation in summer and warm in winter, suitable for both a modern and typically traditional environment.
  • Synthetic velvet, 100% polyester.
  • Chenille: 55% polyester, 38% acrylic, 7% viscose.
  • 100% Cotton Velvet.
  • Threads: viscose 57%, linen 24%, cotton 19%.
  • Jaquard, chenille: cotton 49%, viscose 51%.
  • Gobelin: 53% cotton, 47% polyester.
  • Classics, Satin: 53% polyester, 47% viscose.
  • Focus, Plain fabric: 60% flame retardant polyester, 40% polyester, Class 1 reaction to fire.

Divani Capitonnè: la Redazione consiglia

Dove acquistare i divani Chesterfield?


VAMA Divani Choosing a sofa always has its charm and for this reason VAMA Divani a wonderful company from Pratovecchio (AR), has been producing handcrafted high quality sofas and beds since 1972.

More than thirty years of experience have led the company to be among the leaders in the production of Chesterfield sofas, ideal for classic living rooms, offices and hotel lobbies.

If you check the website you can look and compare different products, request clarifications and buy sofas from the VAMA collection directly online.

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