Rugged Classic Cool: Campaign Furniture

Rugged Classic Cool: Campaign Furniture

Julius Caesar and his army carted it around on their expeditions. The British Army redesigned it and used it prolifically in the 18th and 19th centuries. Napoleon, too, found it useful. Despite its adventurous and violent history, campaign furniture is now more likely to be found in classically cool homes.

It's not completely surprising — designed to be lightweight and to travel easily, campaign furniture has modern, clean lines and fits well into small spaces. In France magazine, curator Bernard Chevallier exclaimed, "Some of Napoleon's [military] campaign furniture . . . is so extremely modern that it looks as if it could be by Jacques Grange."

It seems to work best in eclectic, clean-lined spaces, though it's versatile enough that other styles might work too. Luckily, many pieces can still be found easily and cheaply on Craiglist and Ebay.

  • Campaign chairs in an almost monochrome kitchen from Elle Decor.
  • A campaign style vanity adds edge to an otherwise maximalist powder room in Houzz.
  • A campaign desk adds a dose of travel chic while open and conceals clutter when closed. Via House Beautiful.
  • Amanda from HeartTreeHome restored a campaign chest bought for $25 from Craigslist and topped it off with a modern tableau.
  • Joanna Goddard's living room features a campaign desk paired with a sky blue chair.

(Images: 1. Elle Decor via Loft Living 2. Andrea Schumacher for Houzz 3. J. Savage Gibson for House Beautiful 4. HeartTreeHome 5. Karen Mordechai for Cup of Jo)

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