B is for Bergere

Written by on August 17, 2010 in Back to School, Designer Dictionary - 8 Comments

A bergere (pronounced burr-jair) is an upholstered French enclosed armchair which originated in Paris around the 18th century.  Traditionally styled bergere chairs call for a separate seat cushion.  The sides, back & arms are upholstered, but the rest of the frame is left exposed.  The frames often exhibit exquisite carving or moulding and may have striking painted finishes in lacquer, gilding or  gold or silver leaf.  These chairs are generally really comfortable & can be used with an ottoman for a great addition to a family room or master bedroom sitting area.

Louis XV Bergere Chair by Hickory Chair

I love how this fun Duralee fabric really brings these bergere chairs to life!

Grand Bergere Chair & Ottoman from Century.

A bergere chair originally purchased by President Monroe for the White House during the restoration process after the fire of 1814.  The fabric & finish on this chair are so rich & regal.  Check out this link for a very interesting article on the preservation & care that went into re-covering this chair. (image from www.whitehousemuseum.org)

A vibrant hot pink & black gives a playful modern update to this bergere chair in a rich black painted finish.

How fun is this bergere in aqua lacquer?  I found this intriguing piece over here.  It definitely makes a designer statement.  The quatrefoil print on the fabric is to die for!  I could totally see this chair in my house.

8 Comments on "B is for Bergere"

  1. Ginger Comstock August 18, 2010 at 10:35 pm ·

    I LOVE the aqua chair! I need that in my “about to be redone” office. The color scheme is going to be black, white, and some shade of robin egg blue or turquoise….that chair would be perfect!

  2. Wanda Dunn August 26, 2010 at 10:28 pm ·

    Bergere… fabulous. I bought a bergere and matching ottoman in 1993. Timeless style. I’ve reupolstered it twice. After reading this post, I’m inspired to get out the paint sprayer. How about a lime green frame with black and white fabric? Hmm…

  3. Lara Kenney August 31, 2010 at 1:53 pm ·

    Ooh, I love the Grand Bergere and ottoman pictured above from Century – that look that gives you a feeling it was a repurposed seed sack from France with the “greige” colors in the upholstery and wood. This is how fashion influences home design, and I cannot get enough of it!

  4. Tamara Styles September 12, 2010 at 12:19 am ·

    correction:
    I recall seeing one of these on Sarahs House. I loved what she did with it. Something about these look great in fun colorful ikat.

    tamara
    tamstyles@aol.com

  5. Tamara Styles September 12, 2010 at 12:21 am ·

    1, 3, and 5 are my favorites of the group of patterns.

    tamara
    tamstyles@aol.com

  6. Tamara Styles September 17, 2010 at 1:38 pm ·

    Ooh, I love the Grand Bergere and ottoman pictured above from Century – that look that gives you a feeling it was a repurposed seed sack from France with the “greige” colors in the upholstery and wood. This is how fashion influences home design, and I cannot get enough of it!

    tamara
    tamstyles@aol.com

  7. Tamara Styles September 17, 2010 at 1:40 pm ·

    those photos above to me reference back to the post on the painting of furniture. bold fabric, colored paint. just depends i guess on what your going for.

    tamara
    tamstyles@aol.com

  8. maggie July 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm ·

    I paint fabrics and furniture and I just love all the pieces featured in this post. I’m not afraid of color or prints and that turquoise chair and hot pink are hot. I could easily find a home for the in my house.

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