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Over the past four years, I’ve posted only a few images of the quintessential British furniture piece, the Chesterfield Sofa, but each one is worth revisiting because each one — and each interior style shown — is different in some way. And that sort of tells the tale of the Chesterfield in a nutshell: it’s the “goes anywhere” ubiquitous item. Let’s take a look:

Rustic Industrial

Leather Chesterfield in a rustic industrial setting. |

The  rough and smooth textures in this rustic industrial space, along with all the brown tones, combine to be the perfect setting for a Chesterfield. This one is skirted and has a tight tufted seat.


A fire and a Chesterfield; meant for each other. |

What’s cozier than a Chesterfield by the fire? This sofa, with exposed caster legs and three loose seat cushions, looks perfectly at home in this contemporary decor.


A red Chesterfield adds life to this awesome Brutalist interior. |

A terrific red Chesterfield looks right at home in this amazing Brazilian Brutalist space.

Ready to get your own Chesterfield sofa but not sure where to look? The only place I would turn to would be Roger+Chris; their Higgins Chesterfield can be ordered in literally hundreds of configurations. Here are a few of my favorites:

Higgins Chesterfield from Roger+Chris in traditional brown leather. |

Higgins Chesterfield from Roger+Chris in camo. |

Red leather sectional Higgins Chesterfield from Roger+Chris. | japanesetrash


Putting my own sense of style into my living spaces is very important to me–as you might assume–so when we built our home nine years ago, one of the things we did was to change out the builder’s selection of lighting fixtures with those of our own choosing. Now, as you may know, it was the experience of building that house and then realizing some of the missed opportunities that led me to start Japanese Trash–and that has resulted in my having a much more defined sense of my own style. Were I to be building now, I would definitely go for industrial chic lighting in most or all of the rooms. Today, I’m looking at a few options for the kind of thing I really am drawn to when it comes to fixtures.

Benjamin Hubert – Heavy Light

Benjamin Hubert's Heavy Light is one of my favorite options when it comes to industrial chic lighting. |

This thin walled concrete lamp is a real beauty. Its simple shapes, neutral tones, and twisted red cord all appeal to me.

Skinflint Design – Salvaged Fire Brigade Search Light

A very handsome industrial lamp from Skinflint Designs; this saw duty as a fire brigade search light in its past life. |

This very handsome industrial lamp saw duty as a fire brigade search light in its past life. Pieces with a history like this hold a special place for me.

Machine Shop Lighting – Harrison Pulley

What you see is what you get with the Harrison Pulley sconce. |

This sconce manages to combine its strong industrial features with a delicate-looking hand shaped glass cone for a terrific overall look.

John Beck Steel – Last Minute Sconce #1

Gotta have a brass option when you're looking at industrial chic lighting, and this one is a favorite. |

No round up of industrial chic lighting is complete without at least one selection that uses brass. This one is a real standout.

Industrial Light Electric – Color Cord Pendant Light

It's the use of honest forms and time honored materials like cloth cord and ceramic that make this pendant so appealing to me. |

It’s the use of honest forms and time honored materials like cloth cord and ceramic that make this pendant so appealing to me.

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