5 Contemporary Takes on the Windsor Chair
The Windsor Chair is perhaps one of the most recognizable furniture forms throughout the world, and for good reason. Its relatively ease to manufacture, affordability and durability are some of the main reasons this chair has been accepted across the globe. Believed to have originated sometime between the 16th and 18th centuries, there have been countless interpretations by designers of different regions and eras.
Here are the top 5 contemporary takes on the classic form that caught our eye.
Product: WW Chair
The two W’s in its name refer to the form (Windsor) and material (wire) used as the foundation for this piece. Most notable is the fanning backrest made from 5mm powder coated wire, which extends out from the underside of the seat. The perceived lightness created by the minimalist construction transforms this chair from one of mere function to beautifully sculptural.
Company: Andreu World
Product: Nub (Seating Collection)
This seating collection offers a playfulness one might not normally associate with the Windsor Chair. The flowing shape of each spindle and the wrapping backrest as a whole are what elevates this series to a new level. According to Patricia Urquiola, the designer of this collection, the ‘nub’ forms on each spindle were inspired by watching her grandmother make lace with bobbins. Not only are they visually appealing, but also have the practical function of supplying additional lumbar support. All of this and the stylish mixing of materials and colors, put this collection on our wish list.
Company: Drill Design
The talented design team at Drill Design has engineered this two-piece, stackable armchair – while referencing the aesthetics of the Windsor Chair. Each ‘half’ of the chair consists of a ring of the same size plus its adjoining legs/arm spindles, allowing them to securely nest within the other using notches cut into the inner leg faces. When not in use, the chairs can be conveniently stacked away. By using simple parts and two color tones, the chair pleasingly highlights the separate shapes of the seat and backrest. Offset is available with a Windsor styled back or Chinese styled back – in either natural wood or darkened black.
Not straying quite as far from the traditional form as the others, Billiani took a more subtle approach to their W. chair design. Interested in maintaining the Windsor’s simple form, the design team paid great attention to refining some of the less than obvious details. The gentle taper of the legs, accompanied by the X-frame seat structure, act to lighten the entire chair by hiding them from the user’s sight. The backrest and seat have also been carefully scooped out to provide greater comfort.
Company: MSDS Studio
Product: Ancestor Chair
Last on our list is the Ancestor Chair, designed by Toronto-based MSDS Studio. While not based off of the traditional Windsor chair, this sleek-seater is inspired by one of its cousins. Staying true to their design sense, this chair strives and succeeds at using a sparse number of parts to its advantage – it is easy to make and easy to assemble. Rather than the typical rounded parts, this chair explores the use of flattened pieces which work nicely to make it feel a little edgy.