Design

The Spindle-Back Chair Gets a Makeover

Known for its sturdy joinery and slender lines, the so-called Windsor was popular when America was just another British colony. Now designers—whether American, English, or Swedish—are giving it a contemporary spin.

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Painted-maple Crested Comb-Back chair by Timothy Liles, $600; timothyliles.com

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Hard-maple Windsor chair by Christopher Specce for Mattermade, $500; mattermatters.com

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Solid-wood Modern Windsor chair by West Elm, $374; westelm.com

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Lacquered-birch Family chairs by Lina Nordqvist for Design House Stockholm, $1,200 for a set of four; thefutureperfect.com

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Painted-beechwood Windsor chair by Christopher Howe, $351; howelondon.com

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White-oak Maun Windsor chair by Patty Johnson, from $600; mabeofurniture.com/products.php

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Reclaimed walnut, mahogany, Douglas fir, maple, ash, and redwood Hug Machine chair by Casey Dzierlenga, $950; fifthfloorgallery.com/so-happy-together

—By Monica Khemsurov

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From top: Courtesy of Timothy Liles, Courtesy of Mattermade, Courtesy of West Elm, Courtesy of Design House Stockholm, Courtesy of Christopher Howe, Courtesy of Patty Johnson, Courtesy of Casey Dzierlenga
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