A tête-à-tête is an eye-catching piece of French furniture that emerged in the 19th century. The tete-a-tete is an S-shaped chair meant to sit two people facing in opposite directions. The name tete-a-tete is a French term literally meaning "head-to-head”. This type of seating is commonly referred to as a conversation seat or a kissing seat and was designed to enhance conversations and relationships between people. The tete-a-tete was popular during the Victorian period and was considered an opulent piece of furniture.