What links Britain’s favourite fictional detective and the traditional chesterfield sofa? What do they have in common? Well the answer, my dear Watson, is elementary. They both have an enduring power of appeal and are loved by the nation. If you’re asked to picture a classic and iconic piece of British furniture you’ll probably think of the chesterfield sofa: likewise name a fictional British detective and you’ll think of Professor Moriarty’s nemesis. It’s probably hard to believe this but the last Sherlock Holmes story was written in 1914, almost a century ago, yet the fictional detective remains as popular as ever and grips our imagination even though we’ve long since lost our faith and belief in the power of reasoning to solve the most complex problems.
In fact logic should really dictate that we should’ve lost interest in Sherlock Holmes some time ago, but logic flies out the window when you’re dealing with a national treasure – even a fictional one. Well, the same rules apply to the chesterfield sofa. Logic may dictate that we should’ve moved on and found new iconic items of furniture to drool over, but at the end of the day we don’t really care. The nation loves its leather chesterfield sofas and will continue to treasure them regardless of the latest trends or fashions. Yes furniture ingénues will come and go, but the iconic chesterfield sofa just keeps on giving. As the old sporting analogy says, form is temporary, but class is permanent.
So what underpins this love affair between the nation and the traditional chesterfield sofa? Why is it still as popular today as it was when Sherlock Holmes was in his prime? Well, you could easily make a case for the integrity of the product and the quality of the materials and workmanship, but if you boil it down to the basics we think that what makes the chesterfield sofa so enduringly appealing is its reliability. It’s paid its dues over the course of the last two centuries and has proved time after time that it just won’t let us down no matter what we throw at it or how harshly we may treat it. A traditional chesterfield sofa is built to last; and frankly with the way it is often treated then that’s probably just as well.