COTTAGE FURNITURE BASICS: THE WINDSOR CHAIR
This centuries-old piece has never gone out of style.
The appeal of this centuries-old style of chair endures.
1. Tom Dixon fan chair in natural finish, $2,200. (877) 404-6763 or shophorne.com.
2. Windsor arm chair, $495. (717) 3552177 or martinschair.com.
3. Modern Windsor dining chair, $299.99. (866) 790-6501 or highcamphome.com.
4. Lara modern classic-black oak simple dining chair, $696. (800) 448-1632 or houzz.com.
The Windsor chair was born in England, brought over to
the United States in the 1730s and popularized by America’s founding fathers. The chair comes in many different forms. It has been reinvented today with modern interpretations, but its staple feature is a curved back and evenly spaced spindles. Its shape makes the chair strong and durable, while giving it a light and open appeal.
You probably grew up with one of these chairs at your kitchen table, so nostalgia is part of its appeal today. Modern designers like Tom Dixon have found them irresistible to reimagine. Whether you opt for a classic version or take one with a bit of a twist, the cottage charm of Windsor chairs endures.