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.
I. LOVE. IT. The first one is ugly, yours is STUNNING.
seriously in real life the Ligne Roset one is properly amazing. takes a bit of getting used to. but I can’t afford it anyway so it’s neither here nor there. but thank you that’s really kind to say it looks nice x
Sarah Swales says
Never mind the chair, where is the lamp from please? I’ve a similar table lamp from John Lewis which I think was a Sophie Conran limited edition…..sorry to digress
that IS indeed john lewis, on sale about 18 months ago
Sarah Swales says
Thanks for replying, although not the one I wanted!
oh dear oh no oh no. I can’t bear it when something I like has been bought 2 years ago/in another country. annoying
Ooh, and the blanket! Is it Avoca?
THAT blanket is… sorry just thinking …it’s Nina Campbell from her sale outlet about 10 years ago! it’s so moth eaten it’s disgusting. but it was only £50!!!!
Planet Grief says
It’s grey and I feel flat today, and I’m missing London. I could just do with flopping on that chair with a mug of tea and some books. It’s gorgeous. The kitchen in my new life has no room for flopping, which just reminds me of how much I miss my old kitchen which had room for a flopping sofa. End of the pity party. William Morris curtains?
yes! chosen by giles. called Brer Rabbit or some such nonsense
The Ligne Roset is great – when I was a kid I was forever trying to persuade my father to get these – having to pull my mother out of sofa in the showroom knocked that one on the head..
Also, when you receive a delivery from Habitat – what percentage of items do they (or whomever they decide to use) deliver intact/undamaged? They seem incapable of delivering an entire order without first kicking a cushion down the warehouse or using a bookcase to bridge a ford.
Oh dear! Oh dear oh dear… our stuff arrived okay. But that doesn’t sound like decent delivery service. Did you complain? To customer services I mean.
Fired off a few strongly worded tweets last time, an email this time. 3 orders in a year and out of about 12 items (inc replacement items) they’ve managed to deliver 4 that we’re damaged. They sent me a £20 cheque + small reduction.
Guess I’m the mug for going back, although you can’t argue they have nice stuff. Like that Tisno chair. Nice to see the William Morris, grew up with that too.
Maybe a trip to Heal’s next time…
that sounds like really dismal service to me
MrandMrs Blogs says
Ohh yes – got to love that Togo chair. My mum, exceedingly cleverly, managed to bag a second-hand mini one a few years ago – very comfy, even though it’s meant for kids.