Design Vocabulary: The Chippendale Style

The Chippendale style was named after Thomas Chippendale, a London cabinet maker and furniture designer.  His eponymous chairs had a vertical piece in the center back of his chairs and his cabinets started off with straight legs. Later with a nod to French, Chinese, and Gothic influences, his furniture featured carvings and fretwork. His furniture started having more curves, especially in the legs. Today, the Chippendale style is referenced in many ways — both directly inspired by the original, or loosely based on motifs commonly used during the period. Of course, the other way to enjoy the Chippendale style is with an antique piece. Here are just a few of our favorites, antique and modern, at Viyet:Chippendale Cabinet

Make a statement in your living room with the Antique Mahogany Chinese Chippendale Secretary curated by Megan Winters. This cupboard features original glass paned doors on the top half, which offer a lovely way to showcase your decorative objects. Behind the doors (in the bottom section) are three more shelves for storage.

 

The Antique Chippendale-Style Chest of Drawers curated by JF Chen would be a welcome addition to your bedroom.  Made in the style of Thomas Chippendale, the piece is constructed of rich mahogany and accented with brass.

Chippendale Dining Collage

If your looking for a dining room table, consider the Theodore Alexander Chippendale Extension Dining Table. The versatile piece is actually series of console tables that join together to create an elegant dining table. The Custom Chippendale-Style Dining Chairs are sold in a set of eight. Their hand-carved backs work well with the fret-carved frieze of the table.

Update your living room with the Vintage Chippendale-Style Coffee Table. Made of walnut, the piece carries the French influence with its curved cabriole legs and parquet style top.

Chippendale Cumulus

If you aren’t ready to commit to a whole room done in the Chippendale style, add just one or two pieces. Consider the Chippendale-inspired Vintage Cumulus Slipper Chairs curated by Mission Avenue Studio. Done in a Kravet Cumulus fabric in black, grey and white, the chairs have a more modern feel.

Chippendale Nightstand

A lustrous mahogany veneer and timeless details make Baker’s Chippendale-style nightstand a classic choice for bedrooms. It also works brilliantly as an occasional table in a hall, paired with a great piece of art above.

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