Loveseats: Couches, Chairs and Sofas Built For Two

  • 01 of 07

    Loveseats: Couches, Chairs and Sofas Built For Two

    Chesterfield Leather Loveseat. - Neal Auction Company /

    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.

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  • 02 of 07

    Loveseats: The Duchesse

    Louis XV-style duchesse brisée, fruitwood, ca. 1875-1900. -

    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.

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  • 03 of 07

    Loveseats: The Fainting Couch

    Victorian Fainting Couch. Copake Auction Co./

    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.

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  • 04 of 07

    Loveseats: The Tête-a-Tête

    Victorian Upholstered. -

    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.

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  • 05 of 07

    Loveseats: The Boudeuse

    Napoleon III boudeuse, silk damask upholstery, French, ca. 1850-70. --Nana Antiques (

    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.

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    Loveseats: The Loveseat Sofa

    Late 19th C. English Georgian Walnut Carved Settee or Loveseat. - Pia's Antique Gallery on

    "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.

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    Loveseats: The Valentine Sofa

    William Haines sofa, based on a 1950 design, fabric with leather-wrapped arm. - William Haines Designs (

    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.