In the same way that Chesterfields were recently reinvented as the mid-point between solid, buttoned-up tradition and up-to-date chic, wingback chairs are now being redesigned with modern life in mind. Choose one with overtones of 1960s sci-fi, like Moroso’s Take a Line for a Walk, designed by Alfredo Häberli, or Naughtone’s Hush; something closer to the original profile of a wingback, but with a twist, like David Met Nicole’s bus-blind-upholstered version from Atelier Abigail Ahern; or the distorted form and squashy velvet loveliness of Tom Dixon’s version for George Smith. Historically, the ‘wing’ bit was originally to stop your head from getting exposed to draughts (or getting too hot, if you were sat in front of the fire), but everyone knows it’s basically to facilitate a nice snooze without getting caught. And any piece of furniture that actively encourages me to have a furtive little sleep is OK with me.
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