Is it specter or spectre? Born or borne? Lounge or Longue? Compared with its American counterpart, British spelling will always be something of a mystery, but here's one instance we can clear up confusion once and for all: "Chaise Longue"—the original term for furniture that supports full body relaxation—is French. Translation: "Long Chair." The more palatable to our American ears "Chaise Lounge" rearranges letters into a word that's easier to say. It also so happens that "lounging" is one thing you can do on a chaise longue. Understandably the "lounge" stuck. But here in the spirit of authenticity, we'll go back to the original term for our top ten luscious, lovely, and, yes, deliciously long chairs.
Ribbon woven into supportive fabric. Detailed embrodiery. A light touch like the passage of a cool summer breeze.
Is it still a chaise longue if it's basically upright? This serpentining work of art by Iranian designer Fereshteh Haji Gholami is so interesting and innovative that we'll give it a pass. Our verdict? very longue indeed.
From visionary designer Patrick Jouin, Reva Cocoon is an exciting interplay of hard and soft, solid and slatted. Yes, the above is a rendering but it seems true to the spirit of this aqueous chaise.
Just like the mathematical sequence, the Fibonacci chaise builds on itself. There's a kind of mesmerizing inevitability here that invites play, exploration, relaxation.
C is for chaise, which is appropriate here as it's the defining form of the Double Amado, a subtly swooping structure that integrates shade along with the natural curvature of the spine.
This iconic chaise eschews petrochemicals in favor of repurposed acoustic mats from Søuld. It may look perilous, but it's actually a perfectly balanced rocker that's right at home as a public statement piece in vestibules, lobbies, and breakout spaces.
The aptly named Hiro is wide, spacious, and close to the ground... all the ingredients for languorous lounging. Plus, your drink is that much closer to your mouth!
Turned bamboo. Water-based finish. Simple padded mat. Who knew so much could be achieved with an artful arrangement of grass-grown slats?
Named for a town at Sweden's far southern tip, Böste is an homage to the classic Adirondack and a reminder that summer is fleeting indeed, especially at these latitudes. And it reflects the beauty of the surrounding topography "with soft beaches, hard rock outcrops, grass between the toes, and the edge of the pool or a spacious roof terrace in mind."
In another reminder that summer is fleeting, we go back indoors for our final chaise longue with Aldora, an elegant chaise that's decadent and refined all at once. This celebrated piece by Christina Celestino is inspired and adaptable, withstanding the tests of both place and time.