wingback chair

The king of comfort


When it comes to comfort, the wingback reigns supreme. Initially made for nobility and royalty, the origins of the wingback chair date back to the 17th Century. If you cherish comfort as much as you value style, a Chesterfield wingback could be made for you.


Quintessential English comfort

Named after the 18th Century politician and philosopher, the John Stuart Mill Chesterfield wing chair is probably the most comfortable chair in the world.

Apart from its large size, which enhances comfort, the focal point of the design is the stunning buttoned back. The solid redwood base adds to the impact with a beautifully finished patina.


Wingback chairs are defined by their high back support and the distinctive wings on either side of the sitter. When first made, these wings were conceived to protect the occupant against drafts. The wings often taper down to provide support for the arms. The overall design gives the chair a striking and commanding presence.

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Classic or contemporary, understated or unapologetic, the wing-back chair can be custom made in any colour and material combination you desire. Choose from a wide range of hand dyed leathers or organic fabrics such as a cotton velvet or mixed wool.


Fleming & Howland wingback chairs are made using the same techniques employed by craftsmen since the beginning of the 19th century. An attention to detail you simply will not find anywhere else. The solid beech internal frame is glued and screwed so that each wingback is made to stand the test of time.


Hand-made furniture has a much lower impact on carbon emissions than standard, mass produced alternatives. In addition to the sustainable production advantages, 90% of the raw materials required to produce wingback chairs are locally sourced, minimising the energy needed for transportation.


What is the purpose of a wingback chair?

The high sides or wings were first created to insulate the sitter against drafts, but also gave the chairs a sense of status and importance. You can use a a fabric or leather wing chair for almost any purpose, but the arm support and wings do make wingbacks wonderful reading chairs.

Where should a wingback be placed?

Wingback chairs were originally intended to be placed facing an open fire. Given the improvements in home heating over the years, that is no longer their prime purpose. Their ornate and regal style make wingbacks ideal statement pieces in a living room to complement a sofa set. They can also create the perfect way to relax in a home study or bedroom

Are wingback chairs comfortable?

The back support and large size of most wingback chairs make them incredibly comfortable. You can take that comfort to another level by ordering your wingback with a matching footstool.

Are wing-back chairs old fashioned?

Although the design dates back centuries, wingback chairs offer the kind of style that never grows old. By mixing design styles with the huge variety of available colours and materials, you can transform the classic style of a wing-back into a thoroughly contemporary design statement.

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