Cohabitation With Design

November 2, 2009

The Wingback Chair

Filed under: Design & Art — Tags: , , , , — Concept Interior Design @ 4:56 pm

The Wingback Chair, first introduced in the 1700’s, is one of the most amazing design feats, in my opinion. I love how this timeless design works in the most traditional setting, as well as, the most modern setting. The possibilities of this chair are endless. 

A brief history of the wingback chair…

“the wingback chair is a chair, which is usually fully 
upholstered, with wings rising up from the arm and 
joining the back at a 90-degree or wider angle.
the original purpose for the wings were assumed to 
be to prevent drafts in old houses from reaching the 
upper body or to protect the delicate skin of gentrified 
ladies from the heat of a roaring fireplace.”  (


Enjoy the pictures of the diversity of this chair and check out a few of the websites listed below.




1 Comment »

  1. […] Elements of this human ideal were then combined with sketches of chair concepts to arrive at the seed of the design – the rightmost in the series. The design concept that resulted suggests a chair of standard seat height but of a width to allow the shoulders to rest between what would be “wings” of a more traditional design. […]

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