Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of chaise longue season, when throngs of people take their rightful place at poolside, books and drinks in hand. But why should this sybaritic pleasure be refused to us city-dwellers with no outdoor space? Here is an inspiration gallery of delicious chaise longues for all-weather (ie. indoor) relaxation.
First, a vocab lesson. A chaise longue (pronounced shez long) is an armchair with an extra-long seat, made for one person to recline on. The back and arms portion of the chair can look like a fauteuil or bergère, or can even have no arms, if you don't have a tendency to roll. These days, some are indistinguishable from daybeds or large ottomans, and fainting couches are a particular subset of the chaise longue category.
Do you have a chaise longue indoors? Do you want one?
1 via theglitterguide.com
2 Michael Graves' home with vintage Le Corbusier/Charlotte Perriand chaise longue, via Traditional Home
3 Tobias Harvey photography via From the Right Bank
4 Marzia Chierichetti's home in Kenya via pia jane bijkerk
5 Delta Helene chaise in a William Hodgins interior, photo by Frederic Vasseur for House Beautiful
6 19th century Venetian chaise in Candace Bushnell's home, photo by William Waldron for Elle Decor
7 Toton Sanchez design, B&B Italia chaise, photo by Simon Upton for Elle Decor
8 B306 Chaise Longue by Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand, photo by Janis Nicolay for House and Home
9 Jarlath Mellett design via Lonny Mag
10 Brad Ford design via Lonny Mag
Images as linked above.