Saturday, July 10, 2010

{falling in love with the round settee}

Last month I posted about a lovely piece called a borne settee, which dates back to Napoléon III’s period in France (mid-1800’s). Well I must admit that ever since writing that post I’ve noticed this glam creation time and time again and have begun to fall in love! How dreamy is this perfect round settee??

Here are two other stunning modern examples we looked at last time, the first available through the Windsor Smith Home Collection, and the second through designer Gabriella Sarlo's showroom.

I found out that my dear friend Laura had come across the original Napoleon III borne settee’s while visiting his apartments which are on display at the Louvre in Paris. Can you just imagine the parties that went down in a grand salon such as this? It’s really neat to see the different groups of seating arranged in clusters placed here and there:

Napoleon III seems to have had flair! Look at this little lovely three-seater creation:

Here’s an example of a borne with a plant placed in the center, interesting!

There are so many variations on the borne settee, and this one here has been popping up a lot lately! It’s a bit more poufy with a high centre and often tufted or skirted. This example here is rather masculine in brown leather, but I found several feminine examples as well!
Here's a beautiful piece that is tufted and skirted, it was used in a San Francisco residence designed by Massucco Warner Miller.

From the pages of Lonny magazine:

Here’s a skirted beauty from Tory Burch’s new boutique in Seoul:

Yummy! I want one … if I could choose I would take the creamy one in the first photo or the grey one from the Windsor Smith Home Collection :) My guess is the round settee isn’t going anywhere; after all, it appears to have been on trend for almost 200 years!

PS. I’ll be off on a short family vacation till mid-week, so I wish you all a fab rest of your weekend! Seeing as I won’t be planning to take my laptop to the beach, I’ll be seeing you again on Thursday ;)


Vanessa@decor happy said...

Yes, they are stunning! Have a wonderful vacation.

magazine designer said...

great site! + great post :)
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thelennoxx said...

The settee is growing on me, the Napoleon one with the potted plants in the middle is a bit over the top though!

I hope you'll have a great vacation with your family =)

The Zhush said... I think I am falling in love with it too! What a great post, loved this.

Lisa said...

I love reading about the borne settee it is so interesting and I see it everywhere now. Thanks for the link to my giveaway on your sidebar.
Fingers crossed that you win!

DesignTies said...

The three seater chair is interesting, and I love the pink stools in the last picture :-) And the brown tufted & skirted round settee is really nice :-)

Have a great computer-free holiday!!


Dale at Hospitality Design Inspirations said...

Great post. I've always liked round poufs and settees because they always work so well in a hotel lobby setting in particular. And there are also very contemporary versions which I especially love.

Sarah Klassen said...

So so pretty... I love these! I find them so intriguing and romantic. I adore the first picture most of all, and love them in a foyer or even conservatory, with chic black and white flooring.

Great post! I really enjoyed it :)


DesignTies said...

I don't know about settees... but they do seem to totally belong in in a southern mansion or hotel lobby! Definitely a good place for a group to gather and chat, hey?

Dagmara Ma said...

I love unique and luxurious!
I had a great pleasure to work with the museum in London where there is going to be a Royal opening with the Prince seating on it...
You can see what the local producer in Phoenix, AZ ha to offer at

Susan Sisler said...

ever since I was a little girl, I fell in love with round settees. I remember seeing them in restaurants or in a movie. I couldn't wait to sit on one. I have dreamed of owning one ever since and hope to one day.Thank you for posting them and they are fabulous.

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