When I was growing up, my parents always had a pair of traditional wing chairs on either side of the fireplace. I remember they were frequently recovered when we moved to a new house, or when mom and dad were looking for a change (guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree). At the time, I thought wing chairs were old fashioned and uncool, but my opinion has changed significantly—in part because today’s furniture designers have taken this traditional form to a new level of chic. The first wing chairs were designed in the late 17th century to protect their occupants from cold drafts as they sat in front of the fireplace. Today a fireplace is not required to stage a handsome wing chair, just a desire to be open minded about taking an old form into the 21st century and beyond. Clearly, by the number of new wing-chairs being introduced to the market, there is still a strong demand for this graceful chair.
1. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Suzanne wing chair, 2. Baker Furniture wing chair #6200, 3. Williams Sonoma Home Chelsea wing chair, 4. Victoria Hagan Home Wainscott chair, 5. Hickory Chair Farm wing chair, 6. Restoration Hardware French upholstered wing chair.
On a recent trip to Boyle in Hudson, New York, Lauren and I fell in love with this traditional form made magical by it’s dramatic print. You can often find upholstered arm chairs at tag sales and estate sales. Assuming the frame is well-built, this can be a great investment. We can help you find a good upholsterer if you’re in the New York/Connecticut area.