What’s the difference between daybed, chaise longue or chaise lounge, three terms readily intermingled in the trade? Technically, a daybed, is a flat surface that allows your body to lie horizontal. A chaise longue was developed in the 17thcentury as a hybrid form of chair and daybed; a piece that supports the legs. The chaise lounge is likely an English bastardization of the French “longue” that became part of our American lexicon as life became more comfortable and “loungy”.
But rather than getting too hot and bothered by the technical difference in these terms, I invite you to take a peek at six wonderful pieces that are infinitely stylish and modern … where one could easily take a snooze … call them what you will!
Rio Chaise Longue (above) by Oscar Niemeyer. Indoors. One of my all-time-favorites. His pieces are found in vintage shops.
Sigmund Chaise Longue by the great Enzo Mari for Estel, Italy. Indoors. I would call it a daybed, but the designer calls it otherwise!
Cortica Chaise Longue by Daniel Michalik made from recycled cork and perfect for in or outdoors.
Maybury Daybed by Francis Sultana. Inspired by Art Deco, this beauty is made with bronze legs and macassar wood.
SW (Stellar Works) Collection Daybed by Scandi design studio OeO. For that Zen space in the home.
Tokio Chaise Longue by Charlotte Perriand (1940) never produced until now. For in or outdoors by Cassina.