Ok, so far we have tried to determine the characteristics of the perfect sofa, bed or even the couch table. We also wrote about retro and vintage furniture. Today we are going to write about one particularly rare and a little bit forgotten piece of furniture: the settle. It is so unique that it is difficult to decide what actually makes the settle “perfect”, especially nowadays. So, what actually is settle? Let us begin with an explanation.
A settle is a long, wooden bench, frequently with arms. Its most characteristic part is a high back and usually one can often find some storage space beneath the seat. The main difference between it and a chair is that the settle is long enough for three or more people to sit and that sometimes it is fixed to the ground. The high back is not without the meaning, as first settles were invented before centuries. Their construction, often with winged ends, was meant to protect from the medieval draughts. Sometimes settles are referred to as monks benches.
The question is: is there a place for such seemingly uncomfortable, though practical oddity in contemporary times?
Well, there might be, if we make it cosy. Designers have recently reached for this piece of furniture and adopted it to the modern interior decorating by adding some aspects that make settle more comfortable. Let us just compare former versions with the latest ones.
As you can see, adding some leather padding completely changes the rough piece of furniture and one must admit, that it looks much more interesting than the ordinary couch or chais. Maybe it is time to get one?