Wingbacks and Tub Chairs

Wingbacks and Tub Chairs

Now with Wingback chairs, we have to go back a bit, to the 1600’s in England and its best read with perfect elocution in the Queen’s English. The majority of Monarchs of the 1600’s, were Kings; 7 men to 2 ladies, but we are going to, nevertheless, continue using the current Queen’s English for this piece. The English of old simply does not appear on, err, spellcheck. I doth thank thee.

Nine Monarchs ruled during the 1600’s; Elizabeth I, James I, Charles I, Oliver, Richard, Charles II, James II, Mary and William III…. if you knew any of them personally, you knew them as; First Lizzy, Jimmy, First Charley, Olly, Dicky, Second Charley(Smashing Chap), Second Jimmy, Just Mary and Three-times Bill. Abundance reigned in the 17th century, except of course the availability of names, hence the use of Roman numerals.

Back to the Wingback.

Introduced in that said century, the Wingback Chair had a quite genuine function; that of central-heating mounted on four feet, or is that on four balls and claws?

“The purpose of the ‘Wings’ was to enclose the head or torso areas of the body in order to provide comfortable protection from draughts, and trap the heat from a fireplace in the area where the person would be sitting”, and I’m plagiarising or paraphrasing here, depending on whose Lawyer you are.

 There is a good chance that if they put windows in the gaping holes of their Castles, there might have been an absence of draughts and the Wingback might have never been launched, who can say. What can be said, however, is that Wingbacks have beautiful curves, stylish lines and a back-pleasing regal bearing. Long live the Queen!

From here, this piece can be read with sommer normal English.


We like Wingbacks here at Beetroot Inc., a lot. We like how a Wingback provides a lovely accent to the rest of your living room. We like covering Wingbacks in lush, durable fabrics rich in colour…. fabrics of your choice and design. We like assisting you in your creative decisions and providing a personal service, keeping you in touch with our progress. We also like delivering the finished Wingback to your door, by our likeable delivery folks.

Sommer baie lekker.

And have a look at our Tub Chairs too. A close cousin to the Wingback, just as comfortable and beautiful. The Tub Chair, was possibly designed once the draught issue was remedied and one could sit at one’s fireplace without blowing away, thus negating the need of any protective wings. Again, who can say. However, draught or no, the Tub and the Wingback will compliment any home and living space, adding fun to the brighter side of living.

We would love to hear from you here at Beetroot Inc., so give us a call or drop us a line and we will gladly assist you with any custom design choices for your home.

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