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dining chair guide

by Grace Bonney

ac and i have been searching for dining room chairs for a while now so i thought i’d compile a slideshow of some of my favorites. there are over 25 chairs to check out, ranging from affordable to splurge-worthy. some of my favorites fall right in the middle so i hope there will be something for everyone. so, if you’re looking for some dining chair fun click here for the full roundup (or just click “read more” below). enjoy! [the yellow steel chairs in the first shot are my personal favorite]

[image above: This summer’s hottest color brings new life to the dining room. These bold yellow steel Marais AC Chairs from Design Within Reach have rubber feet to protect floors. Also available in an equally bold vermillion. $200 each at DWR.com.

If you’re yearning for something a bit romantic, try these hand-carved white chairs from Brocade Home. The soft iris silk upholstery adds just enough detail without distracting from rest of the table. $299 each at BrocadeHome.com.

A selection of colorful dining chairs from Anthropologie: Notions Dining Chairs (far left and third from left) upholstered in Josef Frank fabrics ($398 each), Neptune Chair ($298, second from left), Emile Chair (far right, $198 each).

The Holz Chair takes its inspiration from Thonet but puts a modern spin on the look with red, coffee and oyster colored stains. $150 each at DWR.com.

A selection of our favorites (clockwise from the top left): black and white Charme Chairs ($750 at ConranUSA.com), Czech Side Chair ($598 at ConranUSA.com), WUD chair ($850 at 2modern.com), William & Mary chair ($1078 at DesignPublic.com), Organic Chair ($1700 at VelocityArtAndDesign.com), Spring Chair ($670-$710 at DesignPublic.com), and the Oliver Chair by Gus ($265 at MatthewIzzo.com).

Jurgen Bey’s ‘St. Petersberg’ chairs for Droog definitely aren’t for the faint of heart. Their bold colors and patterns come with an equally bold price ($6,277 each) that reflects the designer’s dedication to his one-of-a-kind pieces. Bey covers existing chairs with a polyester cover and creates pattern on the new surface using foam and additional glass-reinforced polyester. Available at UnicaHome.com.

Crate and Barrel’s Calypso Arm Chair combines elegant woven rattan with stained ebony legs for a dramatic effect. Available in natural or black rattan for $399 at CrateandBarrel.com.

Ikea‘s dining chairs often get a bad rap, but we love these Hallsta and Ikea PS Ellan chairs. The Ellan has a gentle rocking base that allows for laid-back dining, while the Hallsta’s rattan back brings an earthy look to the room. Available at Ikea for $89.99 (Hallsta) and $39.99 (Ellan). Check local stores for availability.

These simple modern dining chairs from Blu Dot have a lightly padded felt slipcover for extra comfort. Hence the name, ‘Cozy Cozy’. Available at 2modern.com for $39.99 each.

A selection of dining chairs from Moss: Moooi’s Carbon Chair ($1,240), Maarten Baas’ Clay Chair ($2,500), and Ineke Hans’ Laser Chair ($850).

West Elm’s ‘Overlapping Squares’ chairs are both affordable and stylish. Available in chocolate or white (with optional seat cushions), these all-purpose chairs can serve multiple purposes as dining, side or occasional chairs. Available at WestElm.com for $169 each.

A colorful chair for a colorful occasion: Cappellini’s Rainbow chair at UnicaHome.com.

I love the rich, tufted upholstery of these Horchow dining chairs. Available for $795 each at Horchow.com.

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  • You selected the Czech armchair from Conran, which I love. Unfortunately, the articles says the price is around $50O, but that’s actually the price for the side chair (which it links to) and not the more expensive armchair you featured, which is shy of $1000.>sigh!< I wish I had a couple of grand handy, I'd get a pair of those lovely Czech armchairs!

  • I am a total chair ho! I’m obsessed with the Vermillion chairs right now as well, and the stools. A lot of those in your slidewhow are my favorites too, but I was surprised the Eames Molded Plastic rocker was absent from the list. It think that’s my number 1 dream chair.

    Number 2 would be a hanging chair (desiretoinspire did an awesome post on hanging chairs a few months back that has me wishing for one of my very own!). As for the rest of my dream chairs – I can’t even afford the little models of them from MoMA!

  • Since H&G has folded, the slideshow link doesn’t work anymore. Is there a way to still access it? Thanks!

  • hi guys

    i’ve posted this several times in the past few weeks, but i’m in the process of rebuilding these HG guides onto DS. they’re large so it will take me a week or two.

    HG folded so the old site redirects to Domino now.


  • Anyone knows who makes that Neptune chair from Anthropologie or know where I could find it elsewhere at a more affordable price?


  • If you find out who makes the NEPTUNE chair, let me know! I really wanted them and now they’re sold out…

  • If this is the chair expert- can anyone identify the mfg or retailer of the chairs featured on pg 127 of domino nov. 07 mag? been trying to track them down for months. lots of close but no cigar.
    any help is appreciated.

  • I purchased a couple of Crate and Barrel rattan and wrought iron counter stools…looking for a third, but they don’t stock then anymore. Know where I could get an extra one?


  • Does horchow still sell this dining set? It’s not on their website..any idea where I can find one like this?

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