The wingback chair is a perennial favorite in furniture design, so we thought it would be fun to explore the history and evolution of this household mainstay.
Wingbacks came to popularity in Victorian times. They were originally called fireside chairs because when placed by the hearth they captured the warmth of the blaze while the high back and sides protected the occupant from the draftiness of a home. Generally, wingbacks have exposed wood legs and ample padding and upholstery, but the basic lines of the chair lend themselves well to a wide variation of styles. The wingback concept can now be seen incorporated into headboards, settees, recliners and even outdoor furniture.
Don’t let four hundred years of heritage trick you into thinking only traditional rooms are suitable for a wingback to reside. There are an infinite variety of styles, colors and features offered by the quality furniture lines available at Ennis Fine furniture — from sleek and modern to overstuffed and loungy. They also come in rocking styles and recliners! Wingbacks work nicely in bedrooms and entryways as well as the sitting room, even at the dining table. They are absolutely stately in pairs or can be wrapped in statement fabrics and finishes to be the punctuation mark in a room.
Look at some great wingback choices on the Ennis Fine Furniture website (and remember: you’ll see basic styles but the sky’s the limit when it comes to fabrics, finishes and trims!)
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(pictured above: Paula wingback chair by Hancock & Moore)