There’s something very comforting about plopping into a wingback chair with a good book or the Sunday New York Times. The cozy “wings” feel very protective too—shrouding you from any drafts. Many modern wingback chairs have taken on a more fluid and curvy silhouette, as compared to the very linear wingbacks of our great grandparents. There are so many iconic wingback chairs, but here are a few of my favorites.
This Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chair is at the top of my wishlist. I don't care if it's a vintage or a new reproduction...
I just love the shape and form of this Papa Bear Wingback Chair—it's like a piece of art.
This vintage wingback is very traditional and rustic, in the spirit of the 17th century...
...I like the open back, and checked fabric.
In contrast, this Bergere wingback is very modern with a fluid silhouette and a somewhat loose interior structure. The chair has a swing movement with fully removable covers. I think I’d like the cover interior in a solid fabric, and the exterior in some sort of modern toile.
Tom Dixon waved his magic wand on this sleek and tall wingback upholstered in mohair velvet.
These masculine black wingbacks have a traditional silhouette, but the glossy black legs give them a modern edge.
This Bel Air Wingchair takes the elements of a traditional wingback and turns it into a chaise. I love the nail head detailing.
Mr. Peacock is swooning over the clean and curvy lines of this modern beauty.
I like the sharp angles of this vintage mid-century wingback (it’s already been sold, but I wanted to share the shape).
I like the tufted backs on this pair of vintage wingbacks chairs upholstered in pale blue linen.
I like the turned wood legs too.
The Italians expertly create flowing, modern silhouettes. This modern wingback chair reminds me of an elegant praying mantis with its long legs.
Mr. Peacock loves this Italian wingback! It has a smaller scale than most, but it still has the comforting attributes of larger scaled wingbacks.
It’s perfect for an apartment too. When I first sat in this chair (in Milan) it wasn’t available in California (long story-fire hazards), but I believe it’s now available here.
Speaking of chairs, this book, Once Upon a Chair, is on my book wish list.
I once found a wood wingback chair frame abandoned on the sidewalk at 58th & Park Avenue, in Manhattan. I wasn't sure if someone was going to load it in a van or something, so I waited and asked people in the vicinity if the chair was theirs. It wasn't, so I hailed a cab and dragged the chair frame back to my apartment. I liked it just as an object without any upholstery, but I ended up upholstering it myself in natural linen.
Hopefully you have a wingback chair (or at least a favorite comfy chair) to plop into this weekend and read the Sunday paper or a good book!