Dinner time is a special event for friends and family though it can be ruined, not just by bad food, but by really uncomfortable seating. Gettin the chairs is one of the fun parts of selecting your dining area as they will affect the mood and personality of the space. There are some incredibly popular classic designs out there, perfect for entertaining or more formal occasions, some you may recognise as particular designs have been around for decades. Here's a little guide to the Top Five you should consider for your home:
1. The Eames Plastic Chair
These mass-produced moulded plastic chairs first appeared on the market in 1950 and are still going strong today. Hardy and very comfortable, this shell design always brings a smile to your face along and with the variety of colours available to brighten any home and set the tone. DSW edition has the mould arm support, whilst the DSR is the more traditional armless version (both pictured above). We think every home should own this classic design by furniture geniuses, Charles and Ray Eames.
2. The Arne Jacobsen Series 7
This chair was first designed by Jacobsen in 1955 and today with its range of finishes and applications from laminated wood to padded leather ensures this iconic design remains a firm favourite over 60 years later. This single sheet design means it's lightweight and also stackable for those who have limited space.
3. Eero Saarinen Tulip Chair
For those who want to go a little bit more retro, then Saarinen's Tulip chair for the design house Knoll is the perfect choice for you. With its structural curves fashioned out of moulded fibreglass and cast aluminium base, these organic shapes are heavier but super comfortable. Deciding on the colour of the chair along with the seated cushion means this design can be as outlandish or understated as you like.
4. Hans J Wegner’s Wishbone Chair
If you prefer a traditional solid wood chair then many would opt for the classic silhouette of the classic Ercol Dining Chair but we perfect the more relaxed low back of the Wishbone chair by Wegner. This icon Danish design is more rustic, almost encourages you to slump back after a hearty meal and is a lot more versatile for the modern contemporary home as you can see via Sheer Luxe.
5. Kai Kristiansen No 42 Chair
If you are after a design that is less mainstream and perhaps the more sought after, the vintage No 42 Chair by Scandinavian designer Kai Kristiansen is a collector's piece. This design of the arms provides the structure for the backrest which is either upholstered in leather, tweed or wool, making these chairs extremely comfortable to sit in. Thankfully if you don't have time to hunt around the vintage shops or Etsy then Swivel UK do a high-quality reproduction.
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