Sunday, December 5, 2010


Modern wing-back, dome-back or simply clean-lined high back chairs offer comfort and warmth as well as adding an interesting sculptural expression to a room. These types of chairs, with boldly exaggerated height, have a lot of character and personality. Demanding attention, they can be placed in large entry halls, living rooms, offices or bedrooms to anchor a room.

Contemporary dome-back chairs are a modern interpretation of the French Regency period dramatic dome and deep wing-back chairs which were intended to fend off drafts in the grand chateaux of 18th-century France. The porters in these grand chateaux (and previously in medieval England) would be stationed by the entrance to admit visitors would sit in these types of chairs (usually in high-grade leather or red velvet), therefore the name "porter's chair". Since there were often cold breezes near a front door, the chair was designed to envelop and keep the porter relatively warm in his task of remaining at the door for long periods. 

With the holiday season here and chillier evenings ahead, what a great way to cozy up!
Kelly Wearstler design, Doheny Estate

Chamberlain, a modern take on the Porter's chair, by Brian Patrick Flynn

McCartney Chair by American Leather

Design Modern Iconic Egg Chair

Bonnet Chair

High backrest armchair from Driade by Phillipe Starck

Lounge of the cafe at Bergdorf Goodman

Kelly Wearstler design

Porter Chair, Ecco Trading

Slice Chair, Ecco Trading

Slide Day Bed, Ecco Trading

Slice 2 Seater, Ecco Trading

The Tides, South Beach

The Tides, South Beach

Wingback Chair by Tom Dixon by George Smith

Thom Felicia design

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