The humble chair has been an integral part of every home for thousands of years, and has come a long way from the days of hard backs and drab design. One of the most traditional and recognisable chair designs is the Windsor chair; although a date for the creation of this iconic style remains uncertain, it is known to have originated from England and was named after the market town of the same name. The chair was introduced to the United States, resulting in the American windsor - showing slight differences to the original British design - which was common in the 18th century. The key characteristics of the Windsor chair are its slender-spindled, slightly-reclined back, splayed legs and sculpted seat. In spite of the seat being designed for comfort, the hard wooden material used for Windsor chairs means that seat pads or cushions are often added to them.
This year's winter 2016 Decorative Antiques & Textile Fair will feature 11 new exhibitors alongside an exciting feature Take A Seat: Three Hundred Years of Chair Design.