COT­TAGE FUR­NI­TURE BA­SICS: THE WIND­SOR CHAIR

This cen­turies-old piece has never gone out of style.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY MADI­SON NAUTA

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.

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