Chesterfield sofas are iconic. They’ve been around for a couple of hundred years and continue to be the traditional sofa of choice for most of us. Chesterfield sofas are also ubiquitous. You see them everywhere from homes to offices, shops to airport lounges: there’s even one currently sitting in pride of place on BBC 2s Springwatch programme every night for the next couple of weeks. However, have you ever wondered how far some people will go to express their love and admiration for this British classic? Well, an Edinburgh-based company has decided that this love affair should now be extended to the garden, and is planning to manufacturer traditional Chesterfield sofas for your own little piece of England – the back garden: the only difference, of course, is that this particular Chesterfield sofa will be made entirely of concrete.
The seven foot long hollow concrete couch is an exact replica of a traditional leather Chesterfield sofa and takes a week to manufacture. It even comes with its own concrete 50 pence piece stuck modern the back of the cushions. Creator, and co-owner of Gray Concrete, Steve Jones, believes the design will prove to be popular, particularly once people realise just how comfortable the couch is:
“We just did it as a way of showing how flexible concrete can actually be and what a diverse tool it is. We’ve developed a specialised kind of concrete which is reinforced and allows us to create a very thin concrete casting – we’ve used the same process to make concrete wallpaper. When you say ‘concrete’ to most people they usually think of multi-storey car parks, but through our fine mix and special moulding techniques we want to show how far you can push the material. It would make a great garden feature and believe it or not, it’s actually very comfy.”
He added: “The mould-making techniques pick up every accurate detail, so every little fold in the leather is picked out, and the surface to the touch does make it feel leathery – just a little harder. There is a fun aspect to it too, in making something out of the wrong material, such as creating a piece of soft furnishing out of concrete. We believe the sofa has commercial legs – it has had a lot of positive feedback and we can see it going into a lot of gardens as an interesting piece of furniture.”
So, if you too love your Chesterfield sofa so much that you can’t bear to be parted from it, have a look in your nearest garden centre soon. It might not be what you’d call traditional garden seating, bit it certainly looks a lot better than a deck chair.