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10 Easy Pieces: Wingback Chairs

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10 Easy Pieces: Wingback Chairs

January 10, 2024

The wingback armchair is back–and this time around, its shape is pleasingly streamlined.

The wingback armchair dates back to the late 1700s and came stateside by way of Great Britain. The chairs were typically placed near the fireplace; in the chilly houses of the day where the wings acted as a shield against cold drafts and also the extreme heat of the hearth. Over the centuries, the form has had surprising staying power, nimbly adapting to current fashions, but always with wings intact. Here are our 10 favorites.

from bddw, the canett wingback chair is built and upholstered by hand in their  17
Above: From BDDW, the Canett Wingback Chair is built and upholstered by hand in their Pennsylvania workshop. It’s made with carved hardwood feet, a solid Douglas fir frame, traditional joinery, and is available in a wide array of BDDW fabrics and leathers. Contact BDDW for price and ordering information.
designed by tom dixon, the wingback micro chair, shown upholstered in kvadrat&a 18
Above: Designed by Tom Dixon, the Wingback Micro Chair, shown upholstered in Kvadrat’s Gentle 2 0193 black wool fabric and black oak legs, is £3,570 at Tom Dixon.
the alva wingback accent chair is available stocked in camel velvet as shown; \ 19
Above: The Alva Wingback Accent Chair is available stocked in camel velvet as shown; $1,299 at Crate & Barrel.
&tradition&#8\2\17;s wulff lounge chair atd\2 is inspired by the handma 20
Above: &Tradition’s Wulff Lounge Chair ATD2 is inspired by the handmade furniture designs of the 1930s. With an upholstered seat and winged backrest (shown in Sheepskin Honey 50mm) the frame is made of solid oak; $9,875 CAD (about $7,380 USD) at Mjölk in Toronto.
the beagle chair by london furniture designer christopher howe is expertly upho 21
Above: The Beagle Chair by London furniture designer Christopher Howe is expertly upholstered in a down and feather mix; £4,979 at Howe.
the classic wegner ch445 wing chair was designed by hans wegner in \1960 and is 22
Above: The classic Wegner CH445 Wing Chair was designed by Hans Wegner in 1960 and is known for its distinctive cornered wings, shoulder groove, and upholstered armrests. Manufacturered by Carl Hansen & Son, the chair is $7,465 at Danish Design Store.
on the highest end of the pricing spectrum from our list is the iconic bør 23
Above: On the highest end of the pricing spectrum from our list is the iconic Børge Mogensen-desgined Wing Chair with a solid oak frame, high back, and in a variety of upholstery and wood types; $12,415 at Danish Design Store.
west elm&#8\2\17;s lucia wing chair with metal legs is \$799. 24
Above: West Elm’s Lucia Wing Chair with Metal Legs is $799.
the rejuvenation clinton modern wingback chair is \$\2,3\15. 25
Above: The Rejuvenation Clinton Modern Wingback Chair is $2,315.
from lawson fenning in los angeles, the modern highland wingback chair is \$\2, 26
Above: From Lawson-Fenning in Los Angeles, the modern Highland Wingback Chair is $2,995.
another essential wegner design, the papa bear chair is made entirely in the mo 27
Above: Another essential Wegner design, the Papa Bear Chair is made entirely in the Modernica factory out of solid North American walnut and high-density foam.

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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on October 16, 2013.

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Lounge Seating

Deeda Chair

$1,195.00 USD from Jayson Home
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Outdoor & Patio Furniture

The Wing Chair

$12,415.00 USD from Danish Design Store

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