Ottoman. Pouffe. Divan. Call it what you will… this versatile furniture piece deserves your love. Though small in size, it’s packed with punch, serving as additional seating, a footstool, storage, or even a side or coffee table.
Ottomans break all the rules. P’raps this is something to do with their feisty cultural heritage. The ottoman dates back to 1299, a product of the Ottoman Empire led by the handsome Osman I from North Western Anatolia (see below)…
The ottoman was the principal piece of furniture in the family home, kept piled high with cushions for the ultimate cosy comfort. Ottomans were fashioned from heavy, textured fabrics woven from wool, silk, etc, typically exhibiting broad horizontal ribs for durability.
There was initially a little more of it to love. When it was imported into Europe in the late 18th century, the ottoman was large enough to wrap around three walls (!) of a room. It was only in the mid-19th century that it transformed into its more modern cylindrical/octagonal/cubic shapes.
Ottomans are an easy win. From uber-glam to comfy-as, contemporary to tribal-inspired, they add colour and character to your interiors. And they’re at home in living, family, bed, even bathrooms (!) and outdoors.
Whether you opt for a structured style with button-tucks, something tactile (think faux-fur) or one of those sturdy outdoor types, ottomans can add a sculptural or decorative element to your room as well as increasing its function. They give you somewhere to rest your tea-tray, or your feet, or even unexpected guests! Being prone to last-minute entertaining as we are, this handy chameleon is dear to our hearts.
Plump, sleek, small to sizeable and more, here are just a few of our faves:
Find your tribe
Punctuate your space with a pop of pattern that throws back to colourful past cultures…
Keep it calm
Add without overstating – unassuming neutral hues allow you to increase your functionality without crowding the view.
Inspire a touch of mischief in your indoor/outdoor zones with an outdoor ottoman in a playful contemporary design.
From kooky to elegant, this quirky furniture item has your back – well… to be more concise, it has your butt. 😉