Chesterfield Make-over: Classic Kitsch vs Contemporary Chic

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This week Zanui and James Treble went head to head in the Battle of the Button-back to bring you two new looks to revamp your living space.

The chesterfield is synonymous with iconic British style. Dignified, distinctive and luxurious, this statement piece is associated with English manor homes and dimly lit dens. It says old boys’ clubs, old-school studies and libraries heavy with the scent of dusty leather volumes.

Its vibe is definitively masculine and stately. Right? Think again.

Modern-day chesterfields making themselves at home in a rustic interior and Lauren Conrad’s apartment with its pop-culture-inspired palette. Image sources from left: vintageandchicblogdotcom and timeincdotnet (and InStyle Living)

The chesterfield is enjoying a revival. This timeless classic is shedding its stoic grandeur to embrace more modish times. So, JT and the Zanui style savants have created two contrasting looks to get your grey matter mumbling… working!

More Brit-inspired chesterfield-y homes with classic chandeliers and an urban industrial interior with a striking modern floor lamp. Image sources from left: themarchcollectivedotcom, karapaslaydesignsdotblogspotdotcom and designfieldnotesdotcom

Upholstered in fabric rather than leather, the chesterfield’s svelte silhouette adapts to a wide range of aesthetics. Urban-industrial to eclectic, classic to contemporary… It even works in a rustic French provincial-inspired home. Yum!

Look at this lovely man – our JT having himself a spot of tea in the Charlene Mullen London Calling Mug, available at Zanui.

Look number 1: JT’s brash Brit vibe

JT has turned up the volume to greet the New Year, celebrating the chesterfield’s ancestry with this brazen, all-Brit style.

This room is sassy. It’s kitsch. It’s old meets new with vintage accents (the Loft Side Table) and a bold contemporary palette. The look is upcycled and earthy yet chic. It’s Grey Gardens before all the crazy. 😉

The Phil Bee Interiors Central Station Coffee Table makes a striking centrepiece, supported by the Casa Uno Loft 3 Drawer Side Table. Crafted from reclaimed timber from railway sleepers and cast iron wheels it adds antique, rustic charm.

Tips to get the look

This palette is awash with oceanic hues, from the Soft White Brick Wallpaper to the Great Atlantic Canvas Print, the high-gloss white finish of the SydneySide Cooke Walnut Coffee Table and the Xavier&Me Eclipse II Cushions, all available online at Zanui

Look number 2: Zanui’s tranquil beach-chic

Like a little more calm in your corner? The Zanui style savants have piqued the neutral hue of the Zanui Chesterfield Sofa by adding splashes of citrus and crisp aquamarine to the palette. It’s a little bit minimalist and a little bit Scandi-modern.

The result? A coastal-inspired style that works all year round. Touché, JT. Touché.

The j.elliott HOME Rhino Head adds a little luxe to your look, seen here with the Zanui Cubix Vase. Paired with the beachified colour palette of the Xavier&Me Eclipse II Cushions and the United Artworks Great Atlantic Canvas Print, it’s super-hard to resist.

Tips to get the look

Need some more inspiration? How’s about these fresh new looks? Image sources from left: 79ideasdotorg, evokedotie (InStyle Magazine) and fanssharedotcom.


La voila! The chesterfield exuding casual elegance.

So, who won??? JT or Zanui. Okay – it’s a moot point. But in the spirit of competition, who gets your vote?? 😉

Rumour has it that this piece of furniture was designed so that gents would sit straight-backed and avoid creasing their suits. (Really?) But we reckon we’d manage a comfy slouch on that low slung profile! Snug as a bug in a chesterfield. 😉 Ahhhh. Bliss.

Happy New Year, peoples!

Featured header image sources, from left: wonenonlinedotnl, eighthundredsqftdotblogspotdotca and enmiespaciovitaldotblogspotdotcom

Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.