FRENCH COUNTRY FURNITURE - LAFFANOUR


It was in 1840, under the reign of LOUIS-PHILIPPE, that Théodore LAFFANOUR " armchair joiner " made his first chair. At that time, it was necessary to show a " passport to travel through the country " to go from JONQUIERES to MARSEILLE.

The cultural heritage of PROVENCE conveys a sense of beauty and harmony of shapes which give it its specific character. Our chairs, adorned with colors, sheen and the rocaille-style shapes and enhanced by walnut wood, will seduce and charm you at once.
Some models made in our workshops can be seen at the ARLATEN Museum, in the city of ARLES.

Passed on from father to son and with all its experience, our business continues today a tradition which preserves the heritage of craftsmanship. Because of the natural durability of furniture, our chairs stand out as a reminder of the "eternal" roots of PROVENCE which remain deep in our collective subconscious. Remade in our workshops, they are the witnesses of the glory of PROVENCE and of its lifestyle.



Workshop LAFFANOUR in 1899
 
Since 1840 with LAFFANOUR, from father to sons,
the Provençal seat from every aspect...


 

Besides the different styles which define the Provençal seat, one can be surprised by its different seating height. In fact, this traditionally satisfied a need for comfort. The idea was to adapt the height of the chair to the pleasures of dining, the cosiness of the living-room or the fireplace. Other than stoves the only heating seating system that existed in the 17th and 18th centuries was an open fireplace. Usually they had a very low, deep hearth with a high mantelpiece, hence the necessity to have low seats to be as close as possible to the hearth.

  

CHAUFFEUSE (LOW ARMLESS CHAIR).
This seat with a high back whose sitting position does not go over 31 cm, enabled people to get closer to the fireplace. It was also called "Nanny's chair".

  

MARQUISE.
This wide (75 cm) and low (31 cm) seat with a double back was meant to sit ladies with large dresses. In the 18th century it was more common to sit on the edge of the seat rather than to sit back in the seat. It was also called a "cuddling seat" ( one adult and one child ). Today one can enjoy a comfortable side position.

  

ARMCHAIR « Bonne femme ».
These armchairs were used in living-rooms in front of fireplaces with a lower sitting position (40 cm) and wider than table armchairs. They were meant for the pleasures of conversation, reading or simply resting.

  
 

TABLE ARMCHAIR-CHAIR.
The pleasures of dining were enhanced by chairs but also by armchairs whose height was identical (45 cm). They were proposed to the special guests, the patriarch, or the President of the table and were placed at the head of the table. They were also called "table-head armchairs". The main feature was to have the armrests shorter than the front foot of the chair which enabled the person to get as close as possible to the table and its pleasures.

  

RADASSIER. (COUCH)
Most of the time, it sits three people. It was only available in PROVENCE and as far as seats are concerned, it symbolizes the Provençal lifestyle.

  

Ever mindful of respecting the identity of Provençal seats, our products are determined by multiple uses and styles. Because of their sturdiness and longevity, they correspond to a part of a family's history, full of memories and emotions.

  
 

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