01 of 07
Loveseats: Couches, Chairs and Sofas Built For Two
Beyond the obvious (the bed), can furniture be romantic? Well, yes: for almost as long as people have been making furniture, they've been making furniture built for two. Come take a tour of sexy seats throughout the centuries.Continue to 2 of 7 below.
02 of 07
Loveseats: The Duchesse
A couple can sit facing each other in a duchesse brisée, which is essentially two upholstered chairs put together - sometimes with an ottoman in the middle, as in this case. This variation on a daybed developed in the first quarter of the 18th century.Continue to 3 of 7 below.
03 of 07
Loveseats: The Fainting Couch
In the Victorian Era, a particularly curvy type of méridienne was popularly known as a fainting couch - so-called because a heavily-corseted lady of the period might collapse upon it to catch her breath. Dating from the 1830s, these daybeds were often over-sized and wide enough for two - suggesting that a lady might swoon onto one for something more restorative than a nap.Continue to 4 of 7 below.
04 of 07
Loveseats: The Tête-a-Tête
Taking its name from the French phrase for an intimate conversation, the tête-a-tête is a serpentine sofa, or a pair of chairs joined together at the opposite arms in a serpentine shape; either way, the two people occupying it can literally put their heads together - or just admire each other's profile. This usually cushy piece developed in the early Victorian Era (1830s), using the then-new coil-spring upholstery.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
Loveseats: The Boudeuse
Lovers sit back-to-back in the boudeuse, another mid-19th century piece - basically a sofa with a single back down the middle. Popular in France under Napoleon III, during the Second Empire, it tended to be seen in large salons or public spaces like hotel or theater lobbies. Perfectly respectable - and perfect for a discreet handclasp or passing a note.Continue to 6 of 7 below.
06 of 07
Loveseats: The Loveseat Sofa
"Loveseat" can apply to any sofa that's big enough for two - and only two. Developing along with the first couches in the mid-1700s, it's appeared throughout the ages in a variety of styles, shapes and fabrics.Continue to 7 of 7 below.
07 of 07
Loveseats: The Valentine Sofa
What lover can resist a sofa named the Valentine? This reclining piece - Mid-Century Modern take on a chaise longue - is a variation on a custom sofa by interior designer William Haines, who created it for the Frances Brody house in Los Angeles in 1950. It displays his signature biscuit tufted upholstery and stark-yet-sensual design.