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.
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.
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.
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.
Sitting Firm Tenta side chair
This Koji Katsuragi pick exudes modernity with its unusual back, and contemporary-meets-classic design.
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.
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.
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.
Baileys Beech stickback chair
Simple and understated, the Stickback chair enthuses a Scandinavian elegance like no other.
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.