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On The Wings of Love – The Best In Modern Wingback Chairs

I just love a Wingback Chair, especially when it’s modern.

The furniture piece with “good bones” that can blend into almost any decor is a favorite everywhere.  The wingback chair was introduced more than 300 years ago and it’s still as relevant today as it was then.

Whether it’s a vintage hand me down or a contemporary reinvention, the wingback chair is a staple in American, French and Italian homes from a Hipsters’ penthouse to Versaille, to the White House.

Rainbow of Wingback chairsDressed in every color of the rainbow – the traditional Queen Anne Wingback Chair features cabriole legs and curving lines.

Incase you didn’t know …

The wingback is an easy chair with “wings” mounted on each side from the back of the chair that often extend down and connect into the chair arms.  The wings are meant to protect the user from the draft and capture the heat (usually from the fireplace) to keep the head and torso warm.  Most wing chairs are fully upholstered and have exposed wood legs, but today the variations of wingback chairs are endless.

Here are my top 10 wingback chairs, of the moment.  Honestly, I love so many I’m giving myself the option to add to the list when I discover the next beauty.  The transformation of the “classic” are innovative to the point of anything goes.

I hope you enjoy my picks and find yourself a favorite.


Wing Styles –  standard wing styles – the flat wing and the scroll wing. There are also bat wings and butterfly wings


 The Heritage Wingback “Reinvented” by Carl Hansen

Original Frits Henningsen High wingback chair The original Frits Henningsen Wingback Chair created in the early 1930’s is the inspiration for the Heritage Wingback.

Supremely Tailored Wingback

Chimney Wing Chair by Edward FerrellChimney Wing Chair in linen by Edward Ferrell – Standing at 45.5″ tall it has an upright pitch and a lumbar support pillow.

 European Styled Wingbacks usually have wood trim that’s sometimes carved.

Celeste Wing chair by MassoudCeleste WIng Chair in leather and fabric by Massoud with carved mahogany legs and trim.

Duncan wing-back-chairs by Oly StudiosThe Duncan Chair in creme leather by Oly Studios – A 42″-tall French-inspired with handcarved floral details and nailhead trim.

However, The Italians have modernized the styles.

Bergère Chair by Autoban for De La EspadaBergère Chair in white leather by Autoban for De La Espada is a low wing (34″ high) that’s lean and slim, walnut frame, angled back.

rogetti_Wing chair - SHGiorgetti Progetti wing chair – leather and beechwood – sexy italian 47″ high

I love the sweeping contoured lines of this contemporary beauty and it’s modern stylized design.

Mid Century Modern Wingbacks are popular favorites today.

Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates in white linenThe Adrian Pearsall wingback for Craft Associates is in white linen.

Arne Jacobsen Egg ChairThe Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen is an iconic mid-century modern version of the wingback.

Innovative & Extreme Wingbacks

Wingback Chair by Tom DixonTom Dixon Wingback Chair by George Smith – 50″-tall with a complex frame – totally a new breed.    tomdixon.net.

bjork-studio-gudinna-barrel-tall-wing-chairThe curvaceous Gudinna Barrel Wing Chair by Dering Hall – Gudinna which means Swedish goddess, stands five feet tall.

Conoid Swivel Chair by Bjarke Nielsen

Conoid Swivel chair is a “hybrid” wingback by designer Bjarke Nielsen.

Bat Wingbacks

Egret Wing Chair by DonghiaEgret Wing CHair by Donghia – Height: 44.5″, welt detail, glamour


Wing Chair by Hans J. Wegner from Suite New YorkWing Chair by Hans J. Wegner has an exaggerated wingspan and the aerodynamic shape gives it a Jetsons flair at 41″ high.


Chair-Inspired-by-Flying-Bat by by Yu HaotianInspired by the physics of the bat’s skeletal system by Yu Haotian

The Artistic Wingback


Face drawn WingThis one of a kind wingback with steel legs and a handpainted face is definitely memorable.

There’s so many options of wingback chairs – one for every mood.

Did you find a favorite yet?

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