It is interesting that when most people stumble upon a Windsor chair, they immediately think of traditional Americana symbols like stars and stripes, apple pie, and the New England landscape. This style of chair, though popular in the United States, was actually first created in England. Many have speculated the origins of the chair’s design. It has been said it was discovered by King George II, though some believe its infamy came from its use in the Windsor castle gardens. Regardless, this chair has become a staple in interior design for over three centuries, spanning across the Atlantic.
One of the reasons the Windsor became so popular is because of its construction. Since it is made in pieces, the entire chair can be made from different types of wood to make a sturdy, lightweight seating option. It quickly became famous in England in the 18th century, found in the homes of the wealthy and powerful, and made it to the States in time for the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
In the above photo is the inside of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed. Notice the various styles of Windsor chairs represented.
Over the centuries, the look of the Windsor chair has evolved from its English roots, but its fundamental structure has remained the same. Maybe that’s why we love this chair so much; though its aesthetics have changed, it still is true to its origin.