Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Chinoiserie Living Room Banquettes


Banquettes have migrated from your favorite place to sit in a restaurant, to the breakfast room/eat-in kitchen to the dining room. Now banquettes are popping up in the living room and with good reason. They are a space saving way to create a second seating area perfect for reading, a cup of coffee, a cocktail, a light meal, hors d'oeuvres, conversation, and especially for entertaining. Here are some wonderful examples, each, of course, with a Chinoiserie influence. Above, the Banquette Room of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Paris, 1946.

Celerie Kemble


I would love to do this corner striped tufted banquette in my own living room.


Alessandra Branca


Alessandra Branca


Mario Buatta

16 comments:

Hamptontoes said...

I am a huge fan of banquettes for so many reasons! They can be quite simple or quite extravagent. I did a posting of the one in my kitchen and I also have one in our living room (not yet posted). Love the ones you have picked to share!

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

Great ideas here. Everytime I see that Alessandra Branca yellow wall I drool.

Scott Fazzini said...

Great post! Miles Redd also rocks a wicked banquette.

Averill said...

I love how many of these banquettes make otherwise wasted corners useful. Love the Alessandra Branca room in particular.

Dumbwit Tellher said...

My favorite is Mario Buatta's. I have wanted a banquette as long as I can remember; do I have one, sadly no. I have not one wall conducive to doing so in this particular home. Averill was creating a beautiful space with one I remember reading.
Hope all is well this week? x

Acanthus and Acorn said...

I am crazy for banquettes or any kind of cozy bench seating. I have a file full of pictures. I really enjoyed yours!

Style Redux 2 said...

Hamptontoes-I would love to plan one for my living room.

Style Redux 2 said...

Susie-It's even more beautiful in person.

Style Redux 2 said...

Scott-He can do no wrong.

Style Redux 2 said...

Averill-Hers are perfection.

Style Redux 2 said...

Deb-Maybe it's time to do one!

Style Redux 2 said...

A & A-The trick is finding photos with Chinoiserie elements!

lady jicky said...

I love Mario Buatta !!! He adores dog paintings and chintz! If I win the lottery - he is doing my home! LOL

Reggie Darling said...

I adore turkish banquettes and consider them to be absolute chic. Such a sensible means of utilizing difficult corners in many rooms in houses of style and elegance. Am particularly fond of the Windsor's room in the watercolor by Alexandre Serebriakoff, a great favorite. Most enjoyable post!

Style Redux 2 said...

Lady Jicky-He has always been one of my favorites.

Style Redux 2 said...

Reggie Darling-A timeless and classic look for any home.