The Williams Chair
We have made a video showing a Williams Chair. It is 2 minutes, 44 seconds in length. Click to see Video.
We built only Wilson chairs, our first dining chair design, for well over a decade. Occasionally, we would hear that the high back of that chair obstructed a view, or otherwise had too much elevation or presence for the space or the sensibilities. But just making the back of a Wilson Chair lower, was not the answer to these concerns — the proportions were no longer balanced. Keeping what we learned of comfort and strength, we let go of any hopes of shared parts. While the Williams Chair shares elements of style and bearing with the Wilson Chair, it is its own.
See our design criteria on the dining chairs page and further notes on designing dining chairs on the Wilson Chairs page.
Williams Side Chairs Click on cherry, walnut, or maple for a larger view.
Williams Chair dimensions
The deep and well-located scoop of the seat relieves the "hotspots" you would expect to develop at your hipbones after sitting on a wood seat for a time. This deep relief holds your back against the lumbar support and holds your whole body in alert, good posture. Our chairs are not for slouching, nor for leaning back. The back legs touch the floor so far behind the balancing point that you would really have to work to lean back and can never stay back long.
Williams Arm Chairs Click on cherry, walnut, or maple for a larger view.
I am writing and typing this page while I sit in the Williams Chair #1. It has become my desk chair. I have been in it for three hours, but I feel only support, not edges or pressure. I have gotten up to deal with interruptions, but I have not needed to get up to work out any kinks. Because the chair is light and strong, it is easy to enter and exit.
The four back splats, the scale, and the sense of durability of this chair remind me of the classic school house chair. Yet the sculptural refinement, comfort provided, and quality of finish put the Williams chair in its own "class".
Williams Dining Room Chairs in the Finishing Room
Dining Chair Test
Ordering (catalogs or furniture)