The chesterfield sofa is the world’s best-known iconic British design when it comes to upholstered furniture. A highly distinctive visual design, the essential characteristics of chesterfield furniture have been preserved since its origin in 1780.

The design remains distinctive today: antique chesterfield sofas of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries found in stately homes across the United Kingdom matches those made in the twenty-first century and proudly displayed in modern homes and institutions as elegant and functional classics. It represents a long-term commitment to quality spanning more than 200 years.

The Chesterfields Trade Association sets out the history of the design and the regulations for use of the chesterfield certification mark, so that manufacturers, retailers and customers can be certain of the criteria required before an item of furniture, or an associated service, can properly be labelled with the Chesterfield™ certification mark.