Published at Tuesday, May 21st 2019. by angeli breat in Wingback Chairs.
In the heyday of Mid Century Modern design, there was more deviation from classic styles. Slender metal legs replaced rich legs, simplistic shells in performance fabric stood in for leather and jacquard upholstery, and matching footstools became de rigueur. One of the most famous modern wing chairs is the Egg Chair, designed by Danish designer Arne Jacobsen in 1958. Covered in nubby fabric or smooth leather, the wraparound chair on a chrome x base, which at the time used state of the art material, encompasses you, much like a little chick in an egg.
Before buying furniture, you have to know how to find the very best match to your requirements. Every piece of furniture has certain factors or features that determine whether this is a good fit.There are some general rules that connect with all furniture purchases, but sometimes you have to consider more specific parameters. And let is face it, home furniture is such an investment that focusing on how and what to purchase is practical. Otherwise, the process may become confusing, intimidating and ultimately frustrating. Some buying basics about different furniture pieces can come in handy.
American nonsense plain style straightened the legs of the wingback chair, while retaining the generous padded upholstery that make it so comfortable. Cherry, pear, elm and maple woods took the place of European oak, walnut and imported mahogany. The fabric was plainer and less sumptuous, with solid colors as popular as patterns, and the chairs were stationed in the bedroom as often as the living room. Merge both Old and New World influences in a matched set of French linen grain sacking upholstered wing chairs with whitewashed wood frames in the living room. Salvage a second hand wing chair for the bedroom with rose, green and white chintz upholstery and shiny pale green or pink enameled legs.
Design choices like upholstery fabric, wing shape, leg shape, tufting, nailhead, and back height allow quite a range of aesthetic style when it comes to a wingback chair, and in some cases, two different wing chairs might be so distinct they are nearly unrecognizable kin. A wing chair found in a modern home in Palm Springs in the mid 20th Century imagine slim teak legs and wool upholstery with minimal tufting for instance, would be a distant cousin of one dating to George II 18th Century England with walnut cabriole legs and needlepoint upholstery.
Wing chairs are sometimes called fireside chairs, and for good reason. Their design is perfect for enjoying the warmth of a fire while your back and sides are protected from chilly draughts. These chairs were not the earliest furniture to use this approach to keeping warm. Wings were also used on some of the high-backed wooden settles (benches) found in English manor houses and inns long before the new kind of upholstered chair brought an extra level of comfort to the late 17th century. We now know these as wing or wingback chairs. The same chairs soon appeared in colonial America. Like other Queen Anne furniture of the early 1700s, they had cabriole legs and curving lines that distinguished them from earlier styles. The famous cabinet makers of the age, like Chippendale in London, designed elegant frames to set off the upholstery.
In its earliest incarnations, as well as today, there were and are numerous variations of the style and form of a wingback chair. Take, for instance, the top (back) rail of a wing chair While most have curves, some are more elaborate or subdued than others, having scrolled, arched, or more simplistic shapes. Likewise, wing silhouettes have run the gamut, from fancy scrolled styles to a more classic shape to, later on in the mid 20th century, sleek and straight.
Sometimes first impressions are not the most important. Color and fabric can be distracting. Look past them because those can be changed. You should love the lines, the shape of the chair, or do not buy it. The guts of a chair are difficult to ascertain for certain. Eight way hand tied coils may not be visible but the burlap webbing that is their base may be visible from the underside. When you cannot see the guts of the chair from the outside, you must use other means to assess the chair’s internal quality. Look for a manufacturer mark, tag, stamp on the underside of the chair. Turn that puppy upside down. You have to if you do not want to buy blind. Who the manufacturer is can tell you a lot about the caliber of the materials & construction method used, under the surface.
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