Is it a chaise lounge or a chaise longue? According to the french, pronounced “shayz long”, it means long chair. Either way, I know what you mean.
The chaise lounge originated in Egypt and was made popular by the French. Now a piece is looking to make its way into my mom’s living room right next to the fire place.
I’ve always been fascinated by the chaise lounge. They invoke the images of wealth and coziness: either they seem to be in the home of a wealthy individual or they’re in a library. And now? Well, now they’re everywhere. They’re beginning to pick up in popularity again. I’m seeing them in bathrooms, bedrooms and even living rooms of an every day person. They’re not just for the wealthy anymore and they’re not just for libraries, though they’re still the perfect piece for that space.
A Brief History
The Egyptians created this brilliant piece as a way to lounge around during the hot seasons while attempting to stay cool. Interestingly enough, some of the oldest ones found were found in a tomb. Most Egyptian chaises were made out of wood, much like the image above, and were often made with a wooden or stone headrest. In fact, the very first ones made were simply just a bunch of palm sticks intertwined by cord. It almost goes without saying that the inspiration was as a cross between a chair and a bed. If all Egyptian chaises were like that image from 1st Dibs, I’d be in heaven to have one in my house!