Dining and Side Chairs

Windsor Chair by Chris Specce

Looking for a modern take on the traditional Windsor chair? Don’t rule out this version designed by Chris Specce, as it takes the quintessential form and eliminates any overly ornate details for a clean and modern look. It’s sturdy, so it’ll stand up to the bumps and scrapes of a high traffic dining room, and the bolder color options further set it apart from its stuffier predecessor. Available in bleached, natural, blue, red, and black stains.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $625.00
Available from: YLiving

Bertoia Side Chair

Bertoia chairs in a colorful mix certainly tempts one to go bold with outdoor furnishings this spring/summer, and, in case you need further convincing, here’s a reminder that today’s the last day of the KnollĀ® Outdoor Sale (15% off). Usually the Bertoia Side Chair with cushion is just around the $700 (plus shipping) price point, but with the sale, it’s just under the $600 mark. Still not cheap, but a chair plus $100 in your pocket wouldn’t hurt, would it?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $598.00
Available from: Hivemodern

TON Chair 77

$99! No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke, that is the actual price of this chair originally designed by the legendary Czech furniture maker Michael Thonet. Recognize the name? Thonet is known for his iconic bentwood chairs in 1861, and TON updates the original design with a slim, rectangular backrest and a few gentle curves that show off the subtle flair possible with steam-bending techniques.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00
Available from: Dwell Store

CH24 Wishbone Chair

The CH24. The Wishbone. Whatever name you prefer, it’s a classic. And, unlike back in 1944 when Hans Wegner created the Wishbone, it’s now available in 15 different color lacquers as well as in natural oak or walnut. If that doesn’t tempt you, remember that right now there’s a sale on Carl Hansen & Son items, which means you save a little bit of dough when you decide to bite the bullet and add such an iconic piece to your collection.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $509.15 - 1,211.25
Available from: DWR

Metamorphic Chair-Stool-Side table

Do you remember this chair by John Reeves? It’s remarkable: a stool becomes a chair and vice versa, simply by lifting or lowering the seat back. Several chairs can be stacked as stools, leaving a very small footprint for a whole lot of seating. Perhaps this same idea has been employed before, but I’d reckon it would be hard to find a sample with the same degree of thoughtful design and simplicity. (Update: now on sale for $416.50 from $595)

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Purchase Information:

Price: $416.50
Available from: ABC Home

Slab Chair

While not new, this angular-modern-lovely chair by Tom Dixon is still something to talk about, and is currently on sale with the rest of Dixon’s collection (until March 17). Might I mention that it is also stackable? It’s made from solid lacquered oak deeply brushed to expose the grain. Also available in black, shown below.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $514.25
Available from: YLiving

Clutch Dining Chair

Smokey Purple, please. Or Pewter… or one of the other several lovely colors paired with smoke on ash wood (or white oak). Often dining chairs look so uncomfortable, never mind once you sit down on them, but not the Clutch Dining Chair with its elegant rounded edges and curved back. Choose two for the table ends or go all out and get a full six or eight to surround your whole table. However, be advised that guests may linger well after you wish at future dinner parties.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Available from: Blu Dot

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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Purchase Information:

Price: $445.00
Available from: YLiving

Nerd Chair

If the name’s not enough to make you look twice, take a close look at the seat and back join. There’s some pretty precise curves involved and a rather appealing humbleness in terms of scale and treatment. This chair used to be only available in the UK/Europe area, but now all of us in the states can order one without paying extra overseas shipping costs. Designed by David Geckeler for Muuto.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $499.00
Available from: A+R Store

Vitra Tip Ton Chair

This solid plastic chair has a forward-tilt action that will help your health apparently: it straightens the pelvis and spine and thus improves circulation to the abdominal and back muscles. Whether that influences your decision to buy one, many, or none at all, I do have to say it has a nice silhouette that would work well in a dining room or office area. Plus, it’s stackable and comes in 6 different colors. On sale until October 24th.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $355.00, sale: 302.00
Available from: YLiving

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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Purchase Information:

Price: $530.00
Available from: MAKERmade

Clutch Dining Chair

If you need an extra seat or two around your dining table, think about adding this new armchair from Blu Dot. The curved back with a little cushioning gives a more regal appearance, and you know you’ll be comfortable with a place to rest your arms. Several colors to choose from, with either white ash or smoke on ash wood.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Available from: Blu Dot

Hee Chair & Barstool

It’s been nine years since the Hee Seating Collection first hit the market, but it looks just as good now as it did back in 2004. Designer Hee Welling was originally inspired by the interior of a refrigerator, but you won’t find that on Hay’s site anymore, as the many other attributes of the seating collection have the spotlight. The chairs are made from galvanized solid steel, with outdoor powder coating that withstands weather throughout the year. They’re stackable, with a floor linking connection, and even cushions, if needed (contact HAY for availability). All that with the simple, perfect design and you’ve got yourself an excellent option for seating wherever you might need it.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $245.00 - 345.00
Available from: A+R Store

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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Purchase Information:

Price: $598.00
Available from: A+R Store

Era Round Armchair

There’s nothing wrong with a little Thonet in your life/home/office, especially as the bentwood chairs have been in production for more than 150 years and still look at home in many a modern setting. One current promotion gives you a break if you buy four of the Era Chairs or Era Round Armchairs- 20% off. So, if you’re wanting a few for a breakfast nook or a full set of 8 or 12 (lucky you that you have a large dining room), now’s a pretty good time. Details below.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00 - 275.00
Available from: DWR