Sherrill Wing Back Chair
Sherrill Wing Back Chair

Sherrill Wing Back Chair

Item No. 1517-1, Shown with #1505-0 Ottoman

Dimensions: 33"W x 21"D x 45"H

Fabric: Quilty Blue

Design Elements: If form follows function, then to the modern-day observer, the design of wingback chairs does not appear to make sense. Why add structure to, and upholster, the sides of a chair above the armrest? The sitter needs no lateral support and is not likely to even contact the wings in regular use.  The answer has to do with climate control, or more precisely the lack of it, in 1600s Britain, where this chair style was first invented. Lacking weatherstripping, caulk and triple-glazed windows, houses and buildings of the time were drafty affairs. The wingback chair was designed to be sat in front of the dominant heating method of the time, fireplaces, while the wings on the side prevented drafts from slicing through your little cocoon of warmth. The pronounced protrusion of the wingtips was to keep the breeze off of your ears and neck. The earliest versions were made completely of wood, and upholstery was sparse. Keep warm and comfortable, with a diverse selection of fabrics and finishes you can customize your chair to coordinate with any room in your home. 

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