Windsor chairs for a timeless dining space

Windsor-style dining chairs will always be en vogue

Contemporary, stylish and practical, Windsor chairs are en vogue and they’re quickly taking over from traditionally popular high-back, upholstered designs in the style stakes. There are hundreds of different ways the design is interpreted, even today. So, whether you have a classic kitchen or an elegant dining room, there are plenty of stylish options out there to suit any room scheme.

They are stylish, blend in easily with different interior styles and are tremendously comfortable. But what makes this chair special too, is its history.

Traditionally, Windsor chairs, which have been made the same way since the early 18th century, had an elm seat, with the legs, stretchers and top pieces hewn from ash.

However, now that the wood is so scarce –mainly due to Dutch Elm disease –many craftsmen opt for ash over elm.

Originals all purpose in Forest Green, £395, Ercol

Ercol Originals All Purpose chair

Based on a design from the 1950’s by the company’s founder, Lucian Ercolani, the All Purpose Windsor Chair provides a timeless simple elegance. This elegant chair is made by bending steamed wood to form its beautiful curves.

Bayleaf carver, £505, Sebastian Cox

Sebastian Cox Bayleaf carver chair

Shown here in a beautiful solid English ash, this piece is available in a range of British hardwoods and each piece is made to order.

Hardy side chair in black-stained ash, £395, Another Country

Another Country Hardy side chair

Combining both time-honoured craft techniques and modern technology, the collection has been inspired by Another Country’s Dorset heritage and references the design typologies of the 19th century, Thomas Hardy’s birth century.

Tenta side chair, £750, Koji Katsuragi for Sitting Firm

Sitting Firm Tenta side chair

This Koji Katsuragi pick exudes modernity with its unusual back, and contemporary-meets-classic design.

Metacom, £1,332, O&G Studio at Staffan Tollgard

O&G Studio Metacom armchair

The Metacom Armchair is perfect around a dining table or alone in the study, it is a formal chair that takes proportional keynotes from the iconic Chinese Horsehoe chair. The legs are a sophisticated contour of a traditional Windsor vase-leg with added ornamentation.

Rebecca with arms, £479 for two, Perch & Parrow

Perch & Parrow Rebecca oak dining chair with arms

The Rebecca dining chair adds a Mid-Century twist to the iconic Windsor armchair. This spindle-back chair is crafted from solid oak and has a natural finish that accentuates the natural beauty of the wood. The Rebecca is a superb choice to recreate the uncomplicated beauty of Nordic style in your own home.

Diego, £299 for two, Swoon

Swoon Diego chair

The iconic Windsor chair has been giving an industrial update with mango wood and black steel frames, making it the perfect accompaniment to a modern setting.

Beech stickback, £295, Baileys

Baileys Beech stickback chair

Simple and understated, the Stickback chair enthuses a Scandinavian elegance like no other.

Bird in red-stained ash, £234, Michael Marriott for VG&P

Very Good & Proper Bird chair

This chair is a contemporary re-working of a traditional Windsor chair, using flat sections for the side rails and back slats to give added strength and comfort, and a slightly different twist on the original.