Beyond serving the basic need of seating at the dinner table, the humble dining chair is a statement of style in itself – with multiple schools of design converging on a handful of factors that appear as common denominators across the entire landscape of chairs. To help you locate a collection of dining chairs that speaks of your individual personality and your unique décor, we assembled five of the finest chair collections for your perusal here.
The ubiquitous molded shell of Charles and Ray Eames’ DAL design from 1961 is reimagined for the modern age, with subtle flowing lines and an ergonomic four-pointed star base, designed by BoConcept’s own Henrik Pedersen. While the pictured representation of the Adelaide armchair is presented here with upholstered padding in light-brown Estoril leather on a black polypropylene shell and a polished aluminium base, BoConcept provides a range of customisation options for a shell in grey, white, or black; a base in a matte white or black lacquered finish, in addition to polished aluminium; and an extensive catalogue of upholstery materials and colours to suit a range of interiors, tastes, and budgets.
Ikea’s Mia Lagerman redesigns Jasper Morrison’s HAL Wood side chair with an intriguing hourglass pinch at the transition between seat and back for greater structural integrity and to permit a wider range of casual seating positions on the Leifarne. Pictured here with a reinforced polypropylene shell in light blue and Ernfrid birch dowel legs capped with synthetic rubber to protect delicate floors, Ikea’s catalogue enables up to 30 different combinations of variously coloured seat shells and under-frames.
Built entirely from local growths of the Pará rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) and veneered in shades of Cocoa, Taupe Grey, Graphite Grey, Pickle Green, and Gold Yellow – the Minya series of dining side chairs features a versatile design that exudes the traditional influences of rural seating to match with a range of décors. The Minya chairs are sold by HipVan in sets of two to complement other contemporary and ubiquitous designs that make up their Shape collection.
The Vela side chair designed by Oliver B, evolves the Eames’ hard shell to provide soft upholstery in a range of colours. Through Harvey Norman, the Vela side chair comes with the options of polyester, synthetic leather, or genuine bovine hide, and a four-pointed base of splayed wooden legs composed of either walnut or oak.
Sunperry provides a straightforward dining chair befitting of modern dining spaces, with polished aluminium legs of a splayed minimalist design, coupled with a range of upholstery options in leather and fabric, in addition to multiple stitching designs to choose from: capitonné for classical décors, and linear, grid, or plain for greater versatility.
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