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10/17/2013 12:45 pm ET Updated Dec 17, 2013

10 Easy Pieces: The Wingback Is Back

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The wingback armchair is back—and this time around, its shape is pleasingly streamlined.

The design dates to the late 1700s and came to the US by way of Great Britain. The chairs were typically placed near the fireplace; in the chilly houses of the day, the wings acted as a shield against cold drafts and also the extreme heat of the hearth. Over the centuries, the form has had surprising staying power, nimbly adapting to current fashions, but always with wings intact. In fact, there are so many good examples currently out there that we've included 13 here, rather than 10. Which gets your pick?

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