Published at Saturday, August 03rd 2019. by angeli breat in Wingback Chairs.
Now you have got the sofa of your dreams sitting pretty in your living room, it is time to think about the other furnishings that can turn a house into a home, namely, an armchair. Though typically not as pricey as your average sofa, an armchair still operates as an investment piece for your home, so you will want to put some thought into what exactly you are looking for before take the plunge and purchase. Size, style, and fabric used are all extremely important factors to consider when shopping around, but knowing what to look for can get a little overwhelming.
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.
A pair of wingback chairs at the ends of a table instead of armchairs mixes things up in a dining room. If you are combining wingback chairs with conventional side dining chairs, make sure the shapes work together. I like this grouping because the side chair backs are cut out and have a lightness in their shape compared with the more solid wingback chairs. Solid backs on the side chairs might be be too bulky in a combo like this. Also be careful that the side chairs do not rival the wingbacks by having too high backs.
Do not forget to pay some mind to the size of your potential armchair when looking around. You will need to consider the size of your room, how big the sofa and any other furnishings such as coffee tables and TV stands are, and where you are going to place your armchair. You do not want your living room to look cramped and busy after all. If everything goes to plan and you manage to avoid any armchair life threatening spillages, your chair should, ideally, last a lifetime. Think carefully about how you think your armchair will be used in the many years it will be dominating a corner of your living room. Large families or those with small children running around should opt for durable fabrics such as leather to avoid any stains or damage to the exterior.
The picture of a wing chair stripped back by museum curators reveals that early padding was not as generous as we expect from a modern armchair. Fabrics were often vividly coloured. Bright patterns were seen in both colonial and Georgian drawing rooms. Restorers of 18th century antiques often favour plain colours, but this is not necessary for authenticity. Leather upholstery is also an option.
The wing chair, which was first known as the easieor cheeked chair, is generally upholstered and has a high back, a low seat, and signature side pieces. The distinguishing feature of a wing chair is these side pieces also known as wings, cheeks, or lugs which are mounted to the back of the chair and often, but not always, stretch down to the armrest. Originally designed as a fireplace companion, wing chairs were created to protect the sitter from cold drafts (which were common before 20th Century central heating and insulated glazing came around), as well as to trap the heat from a roaring fire.
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