The wing back chair was first introduced to England in the 1600’s. The addition of the wings was to enclose the top half of the body to protect it from drafts. This enclosed area also captured the heat from the fireplace.
Heat and drafts are less of a problem in today’s modern homes but the wing back chair remains as popular as ever. I’ve been doing a little bit of research to find out how today’s manufacturers are interpreting this iconic chair.
Despite being over 500 years old the basic design of the wing back chair lives on. The Bodil from Made.com shown above in Rust Orange is available in 8 different colours. The sleek legs and moulded shape make it look truly contemporary.
This striking example is available from luxury lifestyle brand, House of Hackney. Hand-crafted in the U.K. this Coronet chair is upholstered in hardwearing velvet. The intricate pattern was made up from four separate drawings found in the archives of Gainsborough’s silk weaving mill.
I love this handsome combo. The wings are designed to make you feel cosseted and cocooned. This looks like the perfect place to put your feet up with a cup of tea and a broadsheet paper. It can be customised with a choice of fabric and leg finishes.
The Ikea Strandmon chair is currently on offer for less than £200! Not only that but it comes with a 10 year guarantee and a choice of eight different fabrics. If you would like something a little out of the ordinary why not choose the dark blue paisley swirl or the dog-tooth check.
Elsa from Graham & Green is another modern take on this historic design. Shown here with a matching footstool it would look good in a lounge, bedroom, study or entrance hall. It is certainly a statement piece.
Last but not least is this little chair from Love Your Home. It is the baby of the family. Upholstered in Bouclé this little chair couldn’t be more inviting. Purposely designed for the more modest home it is generously padded for ultimate comfort and good looks.
Many of these models are available from my Preferred Suppliers. If you would like help choosing or procuring a piece of furniture for your home or office then please let me know as I have a raft of accounts with well-known brands and, as such, can offer favourable prices.
📸 from manufacturer/supplier websites