Wingback Chair Goes Front + Center for Halloween

Orange mid-century modern wingback chair | Girlfriend is Better
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Halloween is around the corner and we like to have fun pulling costumes from our own closets and creating vignettes with furniture. Nothing says spooky quite like a mid-century modern wingback chair. Ghastly visions of the ghosts who might occupy them are always creepy good fun. Take a look at some of our best vintage finds. If you don’t have one, consider investing in one, as they are highly collectible as well.

Leather and Mahogany Wingback Chair by Arturo Pani, Mexico, circa 1950s | Girlfriend is Better
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Wingback Chair

Now that kids are back in school and Fall has finally set in, you might have the time (and inclination) to do a little seasonal decorating!  Brighten up a wingback chair with an orange throw or pillow.  Replace a frame or two with pictures of unsavory beings.  Have fun with it!  Make the space say Halloween in your own quirky way.  This is how adults celebrate the season.

Mid-century modern wingback chair | Girlfriend is Better
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Just Add Cobwebs

Generally Halloween decor is more Victorian in style. A mid-century modern wingback chair works perfectly with the otherwise ornate decor. We love the mix of contemporary and vintage by either cost or style. Also, if you can find an Adrian Persall chair, consider making the investment. His 1950s designs incorporating sleek arms and legs in walnut are hugely iconic. We found a lovely Set of Adrian Pearsall Wingback Chairs + Ottomans that is worth a splurge!  These are totally collectible as the designs are now licensed to Restoration Hardware.  Set up a room all in white and add to the ghastly atmosphere with a cobweb or two.

Victorian wingback chair with mid-century modern design | Girlfriend is Better
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Dark Walls + Bright Furniture

One of the best things about mid-century modern furniture is that it’s easy to find pieces in bright Fall colors. A vividly colored wingback chair (or two) works perfectly against dark wall colors. Check out Design*Sponge for some ideas on how to add a little more black into your interior life. The most cost-effective update you can make to a room involves a good old-fashioned can of paint! 

Mid-century modern wingback chair and sofa set | Girlfriend is Better
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More Orange

If brighter is better for you, then use some of our ideas to create a little nook with wallpaper.  Mid-century modern wallpaper prints are the perfect backdrop for a wingback chair.  Hygge & West has a collection of geometric prints by Heath Ceramics that just might do the trick.  Great patterns and colors; so hard to choose from!

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Nothing’s Scarier Than Papa Bear

Always a fan of functional design, we can’t help but admire the modernist designs of Hans Wegner.  His famous wingback chair is also lovingly known as the Papa Bear chair.  A true Hans Wegner Papa Bear chair will definitely set you back some cash.  We found this amazing Hans Wegner Papa Bear Wingback Lounge Chair in a buttery caramel leather that your honey at home will admire. Go ahead and make the seller an offer he can’t refuse. The strong arms and wide back gives us images of giant or troll-like proportions.

Hans Wegner Papa Bear wingback chair | Girlfriend is Better
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Like The Fru-ets of the Dev-eel

Take a look around your house and see what you can transform into an All Hallows’ Eve accessory. A black leather wingback chair definitely needs to come out from behind the desk this month. Don’t have one? We found this sexy Mid-Century Style Wingback Lounge Chair With Ottoman that is just the ticket! What a great collector’s item.  Gives us images of sharks with laser beams and underground lairs.

Iconic mid-century modern wingback chair | Girlfriend is Better
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How We Do Haunting

Spine-chilling rooms and ominous decor plays with the thought that the barrier between our world and the spirit world has thinned. Give a collectible piece such as a wingback chair a little extra attention this month. It’s a fun and practical way to celebrate the season and pay homage to the amazing designers who have gone before us!

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