Chairs – let’s be honest. We all have “our” chair. Growing up I remember my Dad had “his” chair. We all knew it was off limits when he was home. It was a comfy recliner. It’s funny how these chairs become part of your personality.
Just think of popular tv shows and movies:
Joey and Chandler from Friends had their BarcaLounger chairs:
Agent Kay and Agent Jay from Men in Black and their Iconic Egg chairs:
Morpheus and Neo from The Matrix had Red Leather Wing Chairs:
Personally, a wing chair is my chair. I actually own three. They work for me. Just like black dresses, I keep telling my self “no more, you have more than enough.” But at the end of the day you can’t have too many black dresses – or wing chairs. Here is a definition and a little history about wing chairs:
a high-backed armchair with side pieces projecting from the back, originally in order to protect the sitter from drafts.
Called the wing back, easy chair or fireside chair, the wing chair as we know it developed over time. Wing chairs appeared in English manors sometime in the late 17th century and soon thereafter appeared in colonial houses in America.
The basic wing chair consists of four legs situated in a squat little square. A long back with slight incline and high arms on each side surround the square. Two small ears, or wings, flank the sides above the arms. Since its inception, the design of the wing chair has changed little.
The wing chair sprang from necessity. Residents of stone-cold English castles and chilly New England houses huddled around their fireplaces, seeking to soak in as much heat as possible. The angular shape of the wing chair retains warm drafts from the fire.
Here is my favorite wing chair at the 1865 City House:
Somewhat vintage, and so comfortable! Like Goldelocks this one is “just right” for me.
Whats your favorite chair style?