When asked to imagine how the royal nursery might look, Christopher Prain of Christopher Chanond Interior Design revealed his vision:
This contemporary and magical scheme incorporates a modern-day version of an item of furniture widely considered to be one of the essentials for new parents: the nursing chair.
The nursing chair is an artful blend of form and function. Particularly popular in England in Victorian times, it was found primarily in upper class homes and used by mothers and nurses who sat on these chairs to soothe and feed the baby. It’s the low-level and gently reclining back which makes the chair so comfortable and relaxing to sit in.
Today, the small antique chair in need of revival is often toted to the local upholsterer for some tlc…
Whilst the modern day interpretation of this chair is frequently found with a rocking motion to help soothe the baby to sleep.
Whether Kate and William will be opting for the modern version, or the traditional upholstered antique, is anyone’s guess!
Its good looks and practical versatility ensure that the nursing chair isn’t confined to the homes of the new parent. This small chair is commonly found on landings or in bedrooms as a decorative accessory – they just look so good!
And we’re not the only ones who think so – the elite in China, are snapping up the antique heirlooms. They are fascinated by the history of the chair and taken by the simple beauty of it. Earlier this year in Shanghai, a set of Victorian nursing chairs sold for 5 times their UK value at auction…kerr-ching!For more on our Form & Function observations, why not take a look at ‘What the Butler Saw‘?