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Dining and Side Chairs

Chairs by Donald Judd

So, how big a fan are you of Donald Judd, on a scale of 1 to 10? If you answered 7 or above, you might just like a reminder that Artware Editions is selling Judd’s chairs, $1,800+. I’m thrilled, though I might have to save up, as collecting some of the “most recognizable and significant artist-designed furniture in existence” isn’t cheap*. And, for fun, take this test: Donald Judd, or Cheap Furniture?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,800.00+
Available from: Artware Editions

Sacrificial Chair by Thing Industries

You might as well succumb to the bad habit of shedding clothing onto furniture. It just takes so much extra effort to put them away. Imagine that last sentence said in a whiney voice, and know that I admit to a little laziness now and then. So, go ahead and buy the Sacrificial Chair by Thing Industries why don’t you, and see the pile of barely-used and needs-to-be-cleaned clothes pile on up into a spectacular mess of colors and textures. You could even call it an objet d’art if you want to sound pretentious.
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Price: $140.00
Available from: Thing Industries

Sidera Chair

Do you see a little Eames influence in this side chair? Maybe it’s the wood dowel legs, or maybe it’s the molded plastic seat and back. In any case, the expanding crosshatch pattern places it firmly in today’s world rather than amongst the mid century modern classics. You’ll probably be pleasantly surprised at the price tag: $250. Not too bad for a stylish side or desk chair, right?
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Price: $249.00
Available from: CB2

Studio Chair

This Studio Chair ships flat-packed and is easily assembled, but you won’t find it at your local IKEA. Designed by Jason Whiteley, the chair is simple and precise, and refers to a type of common, robust chair originating in Switzerland. And, unlike some of the results from that aforementioned big box store, this chair is structurally sound and will withstand all manner of use, contract included. Easily assembly also means quick disassembly should you wish to pack it away in storage when not in use.
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Price: $470.00
Available from: A+R Store

Shelltwo Chair

This is a different sort of shell chair, made of multiple 4mm wire rods lined up for a symmetrical seat. It reminds one of Bend’s Seating collection, does it not? The ergonomic wire seat connects with a circular rim, giving the chair its lightweight appearance and minimal feel. As it’s made from painted aluminum, you may use the Shelltwo Chair indoors or outside. There’s a Counter Stool as well, fyi.
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Price: $399.00
Available from: Horne

Pocket Armchair

You know how you’re able to tell you’re a grown-up? It’s not setting up a retirement account, or doing your taxes, though those things are important. It’s actually having a decent place to sit down in your home. As in, a comfortable seat that you’ve picked out (or paid someone to pick out for you) and would guide a guest towards when they visit. You can’t be embarrassed of it and it has to be nicer than what a 21 year old would buy from IKEA. Sorry IKEA and 21 year olds, but those are the rules.
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Price: $899.00
Available from: Hem

In Between Chair

You might sense a resemblance to Hans Wegner’s Wishbone Chair in the curved back rail of this chair, and you’d be spot on, as designer Sami Kallio has a high regard for the world renowned Danish designer. Kallio’s chair occupies a certain ‘in between’ place in method of manufacturing as each one is hand and machine made. Ash and oak, the two options, both respond quite well to woodturning, more of classic hand-held lathe technique, and compression molding, a technique that allows for strength despite an overall lightness. The back and side panels provide support as well as a nicely contrasting visual gap.
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Price: $630.00
Available from: A+R Store

D’Hauteville Concrete Chair

Nope, it’s not the ubiquitous shell chair you think it is. This one is made of humble concrete and steel. Talk about an industrial edge- you can’t get much more industrial than ribar steel and plain ol’ concrete. It would be an interesting mix to have a set of these chairs around your dining table, don’t you think?
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Price: $369.00
Available from: Gessato

Herman Miller Sale

It’s time for the Herman Miller Sale, and that means 15% off and free shipping through May 19. Tempted? I’ve got my eyes on two of the Eames® Molded Plastic Dowel-Leg Armchairs (DAW), shown below, along with a few Side Chairs (DSW) to keep them company around a dining table. With such savings, it’s hard to resist.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $$441.15 - $465.80
Available from: DWR

The Captain Chair

Here’s something snazzy and new from Bend Goods. It’s called The Captain Chair, and it’s currently available in gold and white, though the product images show a bold red that’s sure to follow. Add the optional cushions for a softer seat or keep it bare to show off the grid work.
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Price: $490.00
Available from: Bend Goods

Fall Dining Chair With Armrests

Take the silhouette of an antique Chinese Horseshoe chair, remove extraneous details, simplify curves and joints, and what remains? An entirely elegant seating option from Morelesss, made from black walnut (imported from renewable North American forests) with a finish of natural varnish. The armless version, Fall Dining Chair, would make a nice companion piece if you have plans to update your dining room set.
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Price: $530.00
Available from: MAKERmade

Fronzoni Chair

This chair might not look like the most comfortable, but it is delightfully minimal. Graphic designer A.G. Forzoni designed this metal square tube frame and lacquered wood seat back in 1964, and its simplicity lies in Forzoni’s goal to “avoid waste and excess.” White or anthracite will set you back just over a grand, and for another Benjamin (plus some) you can get one lacquered in India blue, sun-yellow or cherry-red.
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Price: $1,034.00
Available from: Hive Modern

Eames® Molded Plastic Chairs

I know, I know, you don’t need any temptation to buy new furniture, especially as you’re in back-to-school mode. Even if you don’t go to school, or don’t have kids in school, it’s still the end of summer, and that means your nose should be back to the grindstone. That said, there are some new colors for the Eames® Molded Plastic Chairs, and after clicking on a few combinations, it seems awfully tempting to inject some color into a dining area by buying just a couple of new chairs. Two new armchairs, perhaps? Or four new DSWs? Aqua Sky, Blue Ice, Kelly Green, Pale Yellow, Stone.. my goodness, nine new colors with eight (eight!) leg options is enough to make your head spin.

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Price: $299.00 - 428.00
Available from: DWR

Afteroom Chair

Upon first glance, you may not notice that the Afteroom Chair only has three legs. If that’s the case, you’re forgiven, but sit up and pay attention. There’s something entirely appealing about reducing materials to the minimum, and that’s exactly what Stockholm studio Afteroom intended when developing this first chair for Menu. The flexible back support extends beyond the back of the seat, giving the chair an airy, open appearance. Quality materials and Afteroom’s minimalist nod to functionalism make this chair a particularly smart choice for any dining or office environment.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $350.00
Available from: Leibal

ROLU Chairs

If you’re looking for a true-to-materials seating option, check out these chairs hand made by ROLU Studio. They’re extremely simple plywood and OSB chairs inspired by 70s DIY books, which has a certain minimalist charm that’s bound to add variety and interest to your interior. And, though I don’t have updated pricing at the moment, you can bet that they won’t break the bank.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $POR
Available from: ROLU