Did you know that the hallmark wings of a wingback chair were originally designed to serve a purpose? Introduced in England, in the late 1600s, when houses weren’t weatherproof, the chair’s extended structure over the armrests helped with thermal control. Usually positioned in front of a fireplace, its wings helped create pockets of warmth, while keeping cold draughts of air at bay. Its material palette evolved from practical wood to luxe leather and more recently, cane and steel with upholstery in velvet, cotton-blends, etc. One thing that’s stayed constant over time, is the wing chair’s role as a statement piece. With winter around the corner, here are 10 wing chairs to take your living space — and power naps — to the next level!