Cabriole Sofa

Photography by Ashley Hicks.

Photography by Ashley Hicks.

If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk.

What is a cabriole sofa?

CABRIOLE SOFA  (also called chaise en cabriole):  A type of upholstered sofa whose back curves into the arms in a smooth line.  Chairs also are made this way and are called cabriole chairs.  

Cabriole legs are different.  They refer to a leg style.  A cabriole leg is a topic for a future Design Dictionary, but you will find a good picture of one here.  Cabriole sofas and chairs may or may not have cabriole legs.

History

Cabriole derives from an 18th century term “cabriolet.”  The cabriolet was a type of carriage–it’s where our word “cab” comes from–that had  similar backs and arms.

A cabriolet. The shape of the back and arms inspire the cabriole sofa.

A cabriolet. The shape of the back and arms inspire the cabriole sofa.

Examples

Cabriole Sofa. c. 1800

Cabriole Sofa. c. 1800

Cabriole chair which happens to have a cabriole leg

Cabriole chair which happens to have a cabriole leg

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A modern interpretation of the cabriole sofa.

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Sized more like a cabriole settee.

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Forget the sofa, I will just take the packages!!

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Ready to discover another type of sofa?  Head over to Decade 15 magazine where I walk you through what makes the knole sofa a design classic.

Photo Credits:  Sofa c.1800   Chair with a cabriole leg.  sofa with gallery wall  Cabriole Chairs  Modern interpretation  Cabriole settee   sofa with Hermes boxes.  Cabriolet