Affordable Alternative: Wingback Remix

Tom Dixon’s 2008 reinterpretation of a classic wingback chair is pretty fab — and definitely a major recent design accomplishment. However at nearly $7,000 it is both expensive and of questionable value to collectors — it is still in production, has never been offered as a limited edition and is not physically made in Dixon’s studio. I propose the Wingchair remix…

As part of my business Caviar20, I recently remixed two wing-chairs and the response has been very positive. Other dealers on 1stdibs.com have been doing similar with great results.

Traditional wingback chairs are easily found on Craigslist, in local dusty antique shops, furniture consignment stores or even in your grandmother’s basement. As the market for traditional antiques (and more recent pieces in the style of) continues to be very soft, wingback chairs can be found for rarely more than a few hundred dollars. Look for examples with deeper seats (more comfortable) and interesting leg/arm detailing.

Choose a good quality fabric with a bold print or in a confident color — I used the very handsome Paul Smith funky pinstripe. Guesstimate around 7 yards of fabric. If the legs or arms of your chair need to be re-stained or require any special care or repair, remove the existing fabric first (your upholsterer will thank you later).

I believe this is a great design alternative to the ubiquitous Saarinen Womb chair or Eames lounger — what do you think?

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