Some things just never go out of style. From canopy beds with royal beginnings, to Chesterfield sofas which perpetually stand as a symbol of luxury and sophistication, these 8 furniture pieces have and will continue to hold a piece of history when it comes to a home's design. Take a look at our prevailing list below, and know that you'll outlast the trends if you incorporate these fundamental pieces into your decor.
1. Wingback Chairs
Wingback Chairs, also known as "wing" chairs, were originally created more for function than for style. The original designs were made to be positioned next to the fireplace, where the wings would envelop the heat from the fire around you and prevent drafts. Today, wing chairs persist for more stylistic reasons, with the designs of the wings diverging from the standard forms and ranging in shape and size.
It's hard to miss a Chesterfield when you see one. With its buttoning, low back and high arm design, this classic sofa can be found everywhere from stately homes to luxury hotel lobbies. The term Chesterfield came to fruition in the 1800s, but its story could stretch back one hundred years earlier. It is often said to be named after Lord Philip Stanhope, the fourth Earl of Chesterfield, who wanted a piece of furniture that men could sit on without creasing their suits — an origin story that closely aligns with the sofa's association with high-class and fashionability.
The Windsor Chair is another piece of furniture with English origins, yet this classic wooden chair has been a staple in home design for centuries in America as well. A curved frame and the chair's slim spindles are its most recognizable features. The Windsor design has been perfected, both in its silhouette and frame for comfort, and today you can find an array of interpretations.
Made in France, the club chair was first known as the fauteuil confortable, or comfortable armchair. Early designs were typically covered in leather, and the name most likely references gentlemen's clubs where men could enjoy a cigar and a drink, and relax into the comfortable design. While club chairs are commonly seen in a variety of upholstery and fabrics nowadays, the leather club chair will always be a tried and true staple of luxury and sophistication.
With four posters and a frame across the top, canopy beds can have an imposing effect on a bedroom, immediately drawing the eye. Even by just looking at them, one can tell that a canopy bed is the "bed for kings." While in history, canopy beds quite literally included a canopy of ornate drapes and fabrics to enclose the bed, modern renditions of the design include bare frames. Even still, whether traditional or contemporary, canopy beds are luxurious and romantic — and for those reasons will never go out of style.
Emerging out of the reign of Louis XVI in France in the late 1700s, Louis XVI furniture is marked by neoclassicism and extreme elegance. The style was perpetuated and made famous by his wife Marie Antoinette. One of the most popular pieces to come from the style are the chairs, marked by simplicity and refinement. These chairs transcend contemporary design culture and still stand as a symbol of opulence in parlors, foyers or formal rooms. Also, let's face it: odes to royalty, especially in art and design, will never go out of style.
Headboards have been around since the Egyptians, where they were elaborate and adorned with gold and decoration, and then the Romans and Greeks followed suit with headboard designs for more practical reasons. But it wasn't until the 18th century when the headboard adopted a comfortable approach by Victorians who began using padded versions. Upholstered headboards continue to be used for both stylish and practical reasons; a comfortable way to sit up and relax in bed, and a design touch that can bring a lot of impact into a room.
Significantly more contemporary than the other furniture on this list, the Barcelona Chair was designed in the 1920s, but redesigned with stainless steel in 1950. Influenced by Roman folding chairs, the sleek piece stands as a symbol of modernity. It's safe to ascertain that this chair promises to withstand the trajectory of modern design, with its sheer simplicity and impeccable details, as it shares fundamental principles of the modern-contemporary design movements.