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.

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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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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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