Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Types of Couches #11 (Cabriolet)

I had another couch like this that I called a Victorian style which seems to just be a type of cabriolet couch that has the sofa curved back make a continuous line with the arms.  It usually has wood trim and carved wood legs that may be curved, so the above one seems more in keeping with this definition. In neither can we see the legs.
 Just an aside, this type of couch is seldom mentioned and may just be a few people copying other peoples sites......

Monday, February 24, 2014

Types of Couches #10 (Lawson)

It comes in many varieties, the only requirements there are to being a Lawson sofa are a squarish back and arms at a lower level than the back. (so it would be a tuxedo type couch if the arms were the same height as the back)
from September 3, 2013

The original version was created for a rich Boston financier named Thomas W. Lawson (1857-1925).  Lawson had some rather scandalous escapades and was rather daring in his financial exploits and at one time ended up selling all of the furniture and his estate to pay off his debts. (from ehow.com)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Types of Couches #9 (Bridgewater)

from August 4, 2011
A Bridgewater sofa has low, set-back arms and an elegant profile. It is usually skirted and sometimes has a softly rolled back. 

from -http://www.myhomeideas.com/

You can also find Bridgewater sofas at antique and thrift stores, although these used sofas may require some work before they are serviceable.- from Wisegeek

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Types of Couches #8 (Louis XVI)

from June 6, 2011

In Louis XVI furniture there is an emphasis on straight lines and right angles, seriousness, logical design, a sharp move away from the curves of the Rococo. 
Furniture becomes restrained in its form and decoration, with much use of fluted columns, carved friezes, oak and laurel leaf, wreaths, the Greek band, and other various neo classical attempts to imitate the furniture and architecture of the Romans and Greeks.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Types of Couches #7 (Tuxedo)

from November 1, 2010
The tuxedo sofa is thought to have first been invented in the 1920s, and derives its name from the same place as does the tuxedo, from the classy town of Tuxedo Park in New York. 
The basic requirements of any tuxedo sofa are that the arms of the sofa are the same height as its back. (like the chesterfield)
 Although there are many variants the most modern look is a very straight, streamlined arm that is upholstered and may feature a slight amount of padding. (from WiseGeek)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Types of Couches #6 (Victorian style serpentine button back sofa)

from April 26, 2011
I wanted to give an example of a chesterfield, which is a specific type of couch - the back is tufted like this one, the arms are the same height as the back and it usually is in leather. The tuxedo sofa also has the back and the sides at the same height (see tomorrow). The one below is the closest I have to a chesterfield - back needs to be tufted.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Types of Couches #5 (sofa bed)

I always called them hide-a-beds
from November 8, 2010
A sofa bed or sofa-bed, (in the US often sofabed, hide-a-bed, couch bed or sleeper-sofa), typically is a sofa or couch which has underneath its seating cushions a metal frame and thin mattress that can be unfolded or opened up to make a bed. (from Wikipedia)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Types of Couches #4 (recliner)

The La-z-Boy is not a type of couch but a brand name - I also learnt that Davenport is also just a brand name
a nice one from May 2, 2013 where the foot rest is just starting to move up as it reclines

from Wikipedia
In 1928 cousins Edward M. Knabusch and Edwin J. Shoemaker partnered and invested in the furniture business in the small town of Monroe, Michigan. They set out to design a chair for what they called "nature’s way of relaxing. The chair was a success; they held a Sweepstakes contestto name it—La-Z-Boy was the winner

Monday, February 17, 2014

Types of Couches #3 (sectional)

I like the juxtaposition of the text for a potential couch when coupled with thrown out couches of the same kind
from Dec 1, 2008

from billbeazleyhomes.com
Sectional sofas have a reputation in the home decor world for being big, clunky space eaters. But it’s quite the contrary. A well-proportioned sectional can define a space. Sectionals offer plenty of accessible and extremely comfortable seating and when done right, can be just as stylish as any other sofa. Don’t think of these big couches as something you need to hide or shrink. Sectionals do not have to be the big furniture elephant in the room. Instead, think of them as the perfect centerpiece for a cozy room and follow our guide for their proper accoutrements.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Types of Couches #2 (camel back or hump back)

from April 2, 2010
Definition from about.com : an upholstered sofa or settee with an arched back that rises to a prominent point in the middle, and rises slightly again at the ends; usually has scrolled arms; primarily found in English and American furniture, it developed in the 18th century

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Types of Couches #1 (fainting couch)

Will post my favourite thrown out couch by its type from the next while - it seems to be easier to post daily than every ten days!!

from November 18, 2008

.From Wikipedia-
fainting couch is a couch with a back that is traditionally raised at one end. The back may be situated completely at one side of the couch, or may wrap around and extend the entire length of the piece much like a traditional couch. However, fainting couches are easily differentiated from more traditional couches, having one end of the back raised

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

10. How there is a wealth of variety and hidden knowledge in everything (part 1)

I never thought that the photographing of thrown out couches would take me on so many journeys, and make me aware of how no matter how much someone knows about any one subject, there will always be more that they do not know. There are numerous names for the different types of couches, a bit like horses, and that there are almost an infinite number of permutations and combinations even when there are only a few variables. I have been going through my more than 2,000 couches looking for a match – somehow I feel there must be one somewhere – but not sure. Here are a number with a very similar fabric (can you find which couch this detail photograph was taken from?)

from May 8, 2009

from August 3, 2009

from June 21, 2010

from June 25, 2010

from July 9, 2010

from Sept 2, 2010

from September 20, 2010

from November 15, 2010

from March 28, 2011 and June 26, 2011

from July 1, 2011

From July 2, 2011

from July 20, 2011 and July 25, 2011 

from July 10, 2012

from March 26, 2013

from May 7, 2013 and September 3, 2013

from July 10, 2013

from August 14, 2013 

from October 24, 2013

and the correct answer is September 3, 2013