Fauteuil is a French term for an upholstered chair with open arms.  (Click here for the French pronunciation of the word.)

The term was first used in the Court of Louis XIV (1643-1715), during which time the open-arm chair became popular.

This pair of  fauteuils was designed by Carl Malmsten for Swedish Princess Margaretha’s wedding to Prince Axel of Denmark in 1919. They are available at to-the-trade pricing, through architects and interior designers.
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Author: Sarah Sarna

Interior Designer and Editor helping intelligent women unlock their style and own it, à la: decorating, fashion, beauty, and beyond.

  • Lorenzo

    Whoah! Nice post, Sarah!
    I love this fauteuil!