Design 101: Wingback

If wingback chairs look cozy and comfortable, it’s because they were designed to be just that. The back and sides were originally meant to protect users from chilly drafts that were common in homes before central heating. Today, the wingback is as elegant as it is practical, and the design has been utilized in headboards, settees and barstools.


Here are four wingback furnishings that will make you feel totally modern as you celebrate its long history.