Ancient magazine pix and a thrift-store-find inspired my affection for banquette sofas.
It’s been many years since I’ve seen a banquette sofa – one without side arms – used in a room. Lately, I’ve come across three. The red-velvet and passementerie pair L.A. designer Antonia Hutt used to express Mediterranean-Moroccan theme [top], samples the to the 1980s grandeur when, at a minimum, banquettes were done in velvet and trimmed with bouillon fringe around the base. Cording and tassels also were common – Hutt nailed it and embellished by adding the neck-roll-pillow arm rests.
Here’s a bona fide early ‘80s New York apartment owned by an English press lord.… Continue Reading