Originally created to place next to a fireplace during the cold months, traditional wingback chairs are designed with wings that angle in slightly as to keep the heat of the fire from being whisked away by drafty interiors. These days, retro-inspired television shows like Pan Am or Mad Men might include wingback chairs as part of their set but the average home is finding the lounge chairs from the past of a particular style. To show they’ve not lost their luster - boasting fresh leather colors and modern styles - we decided to use them in this week’s Top Ten list of Mighty Wingback Chairs.
Top Ten: Mighty Wingback Chairs.
Traditional Wingback Chairs Have Evolved: Winged Chairs Now Come in Mid-Century Modern, Dining Chair and Elegant, Minimalist Styles
Listed as a lounge chair on the Sitconf Commercial Seating website, this straightforward interpretation of a wingback chair comes in your choice of material. Matching its solid 7610 ottoman, the pair are sold separately to accommodate any size of contract project.
Using Fanny Aronsen Harald upholstery and stout, turned legs with black or natural wood finishes, Tom Dixon’s iconic design of the Wingback chair is a fun version that hit the market in 2007. Its solid birch frame and is stuffed with layers of natural cotton and boar bristle while the overall shape resembles that of an Alice in Wonderland set.
Built using American Cherry or Walnut woods, the classic-turned-modern Star Trek chair by Roberto Lazzeroni for Ceccotti Collezioni uses a classic wingback armchair with leather upholstery and a bent plywood base.
Made by Danish designer Hans J. Wegner, his 1960 Wingback line has the spirit of a retro-inspired lounge chair in loke leather or fabric as if it were in the set of Mad Men. With a concave line creating two elegant points on the backrest, the CH445 goes for a fun, webbed wing look.
Contemporary by nature, the Winged chair by Brueton is a deep leathery piece that would make a gorgeous statement next to a fireplace or paired with other deep wood trim. The hardwood frame is upholstered in leather or fabric and comes with a down and feather headrest as well as legs stained in natural, red, espresso, or ebonized stain, with a satin lacquer finish.
Using wood and metal in their contemporary vision of Belle - the wingback chair by Tom McHugh for Keilhauer - the Waterfowl feather back cushion combines luscious elements with a bold appearance. The legs can be finished in a polished aluminum or powder-coated colors as well as wood stains and the entire chair is a GREENGUARD Certified product.
Another hit for Hans Wegner in the winged chair department is the Papa Bear chair he created for Modernica. The Danish designer thought of the chair and ottoman as separate units so he sells them separately, with their hardwood frames, upholstery and on the chair, a finishing touch of North American walnut arms (with pads) and legs.
Accompanying the seat and back suspension with webbing, Bassam Fellows brings out the solid woods of the Wing Back Lounge design using solid Teak, Santos Rosewood, Walnut or Ash. Arm cushions come with variable density foam and a down topping to match its loose, down-filled cushions.
Not your ordinary winged lounge chair, the Willoughby is what they describe as a “tall and lean take on the classic wingback chair, reinterpreted for contemporary dining with gracefully shallow side wings and a wide, comfortable seat.” With a solid wood frame and legs with a chocolate-stained finish, it comes in Sandstone, Chili, or Otter Gray.
In a classic wingback chair design with splayed out, round edges at the top of it’s structure, the Dearborn chair by Steelcase features generous proportions. In its generous sizing, the Dearborn chair is comfortable enough for a bedroom but can also work in the lounges or waiting rooms of healthcare, office, or education settings.
Hope you enjoyed our roundup of the Top Ten Wingback Chairs!
Top Ten articles publish every Tuesday. Email email@example.com if there’s a category you’d like to see.