How Jeffersonian can a seat actually be?
March 7, 2013 12:18 PM Subscribe
What kind of sitting bench lets people sit kind of facing each other, but also side by side?
posted by cardioid to grab bag (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've been (finally) watching through "The West Wing", and I'm on the fourth season now. A couple of times I've noticed President Bartlett at the Resolute Desk while someone (Toby, the Speaker of the House) sits in a chair off to the right of the desk and facing the other way. This lets them have a conversation while sitting facing each other, but not directly face-to-face.
I was talking about this with a friend this morning, and he said that was a "Jeffersonian Seat", that Thomas Jefferson created a chair/bench designed for that kind of seating arrangement. I can't find anything about this.
Is there a name for this kind of sitting arrangement? Are there benches/sofas explicitly designed like this? Where did it come from?