Oddly, in all these years, I’ve yet to pull together a roundup of modern dining chairs. I’ve done Get the Look posts for modern patio chairs, modern desk chairs, and modern dining tables, and plenty of other furnishings, but alas, no modern dining chairs. Until now. There’s quite a variety here. There all modern silhouettes, but some are wooden, others acrylic or plastic; only a couple have upholstered seats.
All of these modern dining chairs sport fun colors. There’s a dining room photo by Petra Bindel that I’ve been kind of obsessed with, featuring three Muuto Nerd chairs in pastels around a pale wood table in a white room. When I decorated the dining room in my friend Meredith’s NYC condo, we used Eames chairs in three different colors around a Saarinen pedestal table.
There are more brightly colored modern dining chairs around than you may think. Made.com has several chairs in fun colors, including a hot pink that’d make Barbie blush. Home furnishings site Lulu & Georgia is full of color, with a couple of great purple dining chairs, among others. Crate & Barrel and West Elm sometimes have amazing colors too, but you have to get them quick because they tend to only stock them for a season; and of course, Ikea is worth checking too.
Here are my 30 colorful, modern dining chair picks.
S H O P P I N G
1. Stacking Chair by Lucian Randolph Ercolani
3. Globus Chair by Jesús Gasca for Stua
4. Yeva Side Chair
5. Edge Chair by Novague
6. Cornell Chair
7. Pushpin Chair
8. L’eau Chairs
9. Ruby Chair
10. Dwight Chair
11. Butterfly Chair by Lucian Randolph Ercolani
12. Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck
13. Isabella Leather Wrapped Side Chair
14. Nerd Chair by David Geckeler for Muuto
15. About A Chair AAC22 by Hee Welling for Hay
16. Tucker Chair
17. Bleecker Chair by Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler
18. Modern Dining Chair
19. About A Chair AAC12 by Hee Welling for Hay
20. 111 Navy Chair by Emeco
21. Maui Armless Chair by Vico Magistretti
22. Veda Chair
23. Vintner Side Chair
24. Era Chair by Michael Thonet
25. Alchemia Side Chair
26. Eiffel Dining Chair
27. Nadia Side Chair
28. Wishbone Chair by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn
29. Kitsch Dining Chairs
30. J110 Chair by Poul M. Volther for Hay Denmark
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S H O P P I N G
1 Nordic Candleholder by Design House Stockholm, $69 at Horne.
2 Steelwood Chair by Magis, $658 at Nova68.
3 Cerno Silva Desk Lamp, $427.91 at Lamps Plus.
4 Woody Dining Table by Lime Studio, $249 at CB2.
5 Oiva Serving Pot by Sami Ruotsalainen, $65 at Marimekko.
6 Nest Cabinet by MADE $2,350–$5,350 at 2Modern.
7 Coral 400 Pendant by David Trubridge, $290–$360 at 2Modern.
8 Alessi Ape Aperitivo Collection, $58-$220 at Module-R.
9 PS 2012 Bamboo Side Table by Henrik Preutz, $29.99 at IKEA.
10 Eames Lounge Chair with Ottoman, $5,729 at Yliving.
11 Oeuf Crib, $940 at Fawn & Forest.
12 Marvin Coat Rack by Gareth Neal, $195 at The Future Perfect.
13 RBP Oat Pillow with Leather Trim, $44.95 at CB2.
14 Bundle Corian Side Table, $479 at Horne.
15 Alba Credenza by Jannis Ellenberger, $599 at CB2.
16 PS 2012 Pine Mirror by Ehlén Johansson, $49.99 at IKEA.
17 Les Perles Candlestick by Y’a Pas Le Feu Au Lac, $75 at Woonwinkel.
18 Festa Chopping Board by Serafino Zani, £63.50 at Made In Design.
19 Alvar Aalto Tea Trolley 901 by Artek, $2,230 at Matter.
20 Scrapwood Bucketseat by Piet Hein Eek, $735 at The Future Perfect.
21 TORNA Floor Lamp by Ehlén Johansson, $99.99 at IKEA.
22 Petite Chair, $139 at CB2.
23 Thorsten Van Elten Pigeon Light, $140 at Greener Grass Design.
24 PIK Vase by Y’a Pas Le Feu Au Lac, $95 at Horne.
25 Ceramic Vase with Wood Top, $19.99–$39.99 at West Elm.
26 Source Chair by Trevyn+Julian McGowan, $159.99 at West Elm.
27 Woody Shelving System by Hay, $840 at Finnish Design Shop.
28 Segesta Wood Chair by Alias, £273 at Made In Design.
29 Compass Trestle Legs by Matthew Hilton for SCP, $750 at Horne.
30 Vase by Javier Gutiérrez+Laurent Serin, $49.80 at DWR.
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It’s been a while since I’ve reported on Meredith & Daniel’s apartment; I definitely owe you some schemes. It’s coming together. The apartment has two living room/dining room spaces, each on either side of the kitchen. One will function as the playroom/family room with a casual eating area. The other is a more grown-up living room and dining room. Both are still usable by any age—the grown-up one is hardly formal, but it will be a toy-free zone (we hope!). As you can see, the tables and chairs for both are quite durable and versatile. A glam sputnik dresses up the adult space.
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How can you not like the Charles and Ray Eames molded plastic rocker? It comes in pretty, yet practical colors, and like many mid-century modern pieces, works in a variety of rooms and settings. It’s whimsical but not cutesy. We have one in our son’s room on the Cape. It’s perfect for kids because it can’t be ruined, but it’s comfortable enough for Grandma to sit in too when she reads bedtime stories. Here’s an array of images, many from Flickr, but from magazines too.
Photos: Making It Lovely; Flickr; Living Etc; Made By Girl; Mid-Century Modernist; Hand; Flickr-it’s what I do. . .; Hand; Alan Kaplanas; Door16; Apartment Therapy Los Angeles; Flickr-Moakidi; Marie Claire Maison; Hand; Apartment Theapy; Lutterlagkage; KarstonLulloff; Katz residence; Skona Hem.
If you’re interested in purchasing an Eames rocker, Velocity Art & Design is offering 15% off items over $100, including the Eames rocker (regularly $479), through Store Adore (an amazing shopping site I happen to edit). Click here for the code.