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One of the main reasons I enjoy watching period dramas is simply for the set design. Elaborate wallpapers, tapestries, endless mouldings and antique furniture — ah, what's not to love? One of my favourite pieces to look out for are settees, and these three current versions satisfy my desire for old world style without feeling dated:

Here in Kate Spade's apartment is a settee ideal for a small space — not much bulk here. I adore the contrast piping, and love the mismatched gallery wall behind.

This settee is slightly more substantial — and looks a fair bit cushier to sit on, too! As a pink fan, I love it. And a gilded frame doesn't hurt.

On my wishlist is designer Suzanne Kasler's Frederica Bench — a repro of a classic French style. That panelled fabric looks so fresh to me!

For more settee inspiration, browse these photos.

Photo credits:
1. Matchbook magazine November 2011 issue, photography by Jamie Beck & Kevin Berg
2. Lonny magazine May/June 2011 issue, photography by Patrick Cline
3. Hickory Chair


Seema Persaud

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