Parker Knoll Wingback Chairs

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Add a little classic elegance to your home with a vintage Parker Knoll wingback chair. A traditional style that’s beautiful from top to bottom, a wingback chair can be used to complement a variety of decors. Parker Knoll is one of the top names in British furniture, having acquired a reputation for luxury in an affordable price bracket. Due to the exquisite craftsmanship of Parker Knoll furniture, the brand’s vintage wingback chairs are still a desirable purchase today. At Vinterior we have a passion for antique and vintage furniture and have a catalogue filled with gorgeous treasures from the past. Take a look through our online marketplace today and you’ll find the Parker Knoll wingback chair that will add the finishing touch to your home.

A brief history of wingback chairs

Wingback chairs date back as far as the 16th century although they really arrived on the scene in a major way in the following century. Although their silhouette is rather commanding and majestic, there’s a very practical reason why they’re shaped the way they are.

Although you may think that wingback chairs got their distinctive style as a form of headrest for those times when you may wish to nap in your chair. And in a sense, you would be right. But the reasoning behind wingback chair design actually goes further than this. In actual fact, these chairs came into being with their distinctive shape to stop cold draughts from hitting the upper body. If you were lucky enough to be near a blazing fire, the wings also stopped the full force of the intense heat from hitting you in the face.

The transition of wingback chairs from draught excluder and fireguard to luxurious and extravagent chair didn’t really occur until the 18th century; since then the designs gradually grew more opulent and decorative. There’s now a real variety of vintage wingback chairs, some of which are wonderfully intricate and suit a sophisticated setting.

Parker Knoll wingback chairs: coupling tradition with comfort

Parker Knoll are strongly associated with mid-century furniture, offering designs that were classically sculpted with a traditional appearance. This suited the wingback shape to perfection; a marriage made in heaven.

Every piece of Parker Knoll furniture is made with flawless attention to detail, and this created a long line of wingback chairs that were both striking and built to last. The vintage market has some beautiful examples of chairs from the mid-20th century which have really stood the test of time.

If you browse through Vinterior, you’ll find that some of the wingback chairs from Parker Knoll have been reupholstered. This provides the opportunity to enjoy bolder and more contemporary prints with the same quality wooden structure underneath. However, there are still many chairs available which have their original fabric or leather. Indeed, a worn leather wingback chair works beatifully in shabby chic and industrial room settings.

The style and colour of wingback chair you choose depends on not just your personal preference, but the decor in your home. If you favour a modern and cleaner look, opt for neutral colours in a simple wingback style. For rooms that have classic antique furniture or a sophisticated decor, opt for a more decorative design.

Wingback chairs also work well in bedrooms, and particularly complement a glamorous French style. If you’ve got a fireplace in your boudoir, you can use a wingback chair to quite stunning effect.

Parker Knoll wingback chairs: find your perfect match on Vinterior

At Vinterior you’ll find a whole world of vintage and antique furniture just waiting to be explored. Whether you’re just looking for a single statement piece or looking to transform your entire room, Vinterior has everything you need. Take a look through our online marketplace today and let yourself be inspired.

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