This wingback's curves, exposed wood grain, and scrolling armrests have the warmth and resonance of a violin.
"Because of their size, wingbacks can be used to anchor a corner in a room and create a quiet getaway space for reading or relaxing," Smith says. "Our company's goal is to use as many pieces a homeowner currently has to create a new and fresh space. In this particular case, the homeowner already had the chair in a different room. We recommended a neutral fabric to allow her to use it in other rooms of her home."
"I love the look of wingbacks as host and hostess chairs in a formal dining room," Smith says.
Virginia designer Paula Grace wanted to balance this room's soft corners and hot palette with a more traditional piece. "This wingback was the perfect answer," she says. "It has traditional roots but also rounded, soft corners...Look at the artwork in the vignette. It shows a man holding a woman. This chair almost looks like it is going to give you an embrace such as that."
The wingback's design offers "a place to support your head, back, and side while reading and big comfortable arms to place your arms on," Grace says. "They give its inhabitant a warm, safe feeling."
"Because the wingback is on the larger-scale side and has a robust history with the wealthy, it appears regal, stately," Grace says. "This appearance is passed on to whoever sits in or owns the chair."
Side-by-side wingbacks have the presence of an elegant couple in this symmetrical, jewel-toned sitting room.
Two facing wingbacks share an ottoman and prime spot by the fire, creating a perfect place for coffee with a friend. The chairs' wings create a mini sitting room within a room.