The greatest difference probably between modern houses and the houses of the previous generation is the idea of “lounging” as an activity. And so every room has to have somewhere to lounge, or collapse. Sofas are basically double beds with arms these days.
I don’t mean to sound disapproving. I absolutely love the idea – I’m just always depressed by what a bourgeoise cliche I am – and as such bought a chaise longue from Ikea for my kitchen about three years ago, which sat by the window and served as the room’s collapse until Giles sat on it a bit hard about a fortnight ago, and it collapsed.
The chaise longue has turned out to be pretty much the most popular thing in my kitchen apart from the fridge and the kettle, so when it cracked in half in the middle and had to be relocated, I thought it was time to get a serious piece of furniture in.
I have long admired this Togo Fireside Chair from Ligne Roset, (above), but prices start at about a grand for just the chair, no footstool. So instead I got this from Habitat, which is still not cheap at £695 for the chair and £295 for the footstool – but they are so much less likely to crack in half unexpectedly. They are as comfortable as they look.