10 Of The Best Dining Chairs
Last Updated : December 12th 2021
The right dining chairs can do wonders to your home. They'll unify the space, create a comfortable seating area, and can instantly update the room. If you spend leisurely Sundays around the table with a roast, or if your dining table doubles as a workspace - a key component to the heart of the home is the chairs you'll sit on.
Here's a selection of 10 of our favourite dining chairs from across our collection.
1. Eames DSW Chair
Designed by Charles & Ray Eames in 1950, the DSW Chair has got true staying power. The couple explored the idea of a one-piece plastic seat shell moulded to the contours of the human body, making drawings and prototypes over a number of years before they reached their conclusion.
The DSW Chair was one of the very first mass-produced plastic chairs in the history of design. Its multifunctional personality has contributed to its formidable reputation - switch out the wooden base for the metal, making a sculptural yet elegant form.
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2. Carl Hansen & Son Wishbone Chair
The Wishbone Chair was designed by Hans J Wegner, the man who is affectionately known as 'The Master of the Chair'. Holding a special position in design history, it has been in production since its inception in 1950.
Inspired by a portrait of a Chinese emperor and his throne, its curved form is characterised by the Y-shaped back rest. Made by Carl Hansen & Son, the combination of beautiful wood and the tactile, hand-woven papercord seat embodies the manufacturer's philosophy: ensuring that the best materials are worked by only the finest craftspeople.
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3. Fritz Hansen Series 7 Chair
One of the best selling chairs of all time, the Series 7 Chair by Arne Jacobsen is instantly recognisable. Designed in 1955 but made famous in 1963 in a photograph of Christine Keeler shot by Lewis Morley, the chair has seen huge success with over five million estimated to have been sold.
Made of only two pieces - form-pressed plywood and metal legs, the chair is elegant in its simplicity. Now existing in a myriad of different colours and wood finishes, the chair has evolved to suit the modern home. Its lightweight form makes it an ideal dining chair - stackable, so that when more guests than expected turn up at your door, they too can have a seat at the table.
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4. Gubi Gascoin C Chair
The C-Chair Dining Chair was designed by Marcel Gascoin in 1947. He took the challenges of the post-war era in his stride, designing this beautiful chair with a timeless appeal.
Demonstrating his social conscience, Gascoin created the C-Chair for the people of France who, after the war, were rebuilding their lives inside small prefabricated homes.
The C-Chair's sturdy construction is mitigated by its elegant design, with its seat made from beautiful French cane. Over sixty years after its first release, the C-Chair remains an elegant piece of furniture. Style yours with a solid oak dining table or use an individual C-Chair as a point of focus in the bedroom or hallway.
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5. Fredericia J39 Chair
The Fredericia J39 Chair was designed by Børge Mogensen in 1947 as part of 'The People's Collection' of furniture, acquisitioned in the 1950s by Fredericia. Based on the philosophy of folk furniture from the Mediterranean, Mogensen wanted to create a chair with a tranquil and unpretentious aesthetic - something that would, inevitably, be timeless.
A trained cabinet maker, his designs favoured more traditional materials: solid wood, papercord and brass components, creating furniture that is modest as well as breathtakingly beautiful.
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6. Skagerak Hven Chair
Designed by Anton Björsing for Skagerak, the Hven Armchair has a soft minimal design balanced by its comfortable proportions. Made from solid FSC-certified oak, the chair will be a stunning addition to any room in the house - whether it's used as a dining chair or as a decorative side chair.
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7. Hay About A Chair AAC23 Soft Chair
Part of the versatile Hay About A range that spans from lounge chairs to stools. This particular chair, the AAC23, features a fully upholstered shell that sits upon a wooden leg base.
Available in a range of plastic colours for the shell as well as different finishes for the legs, allowing you to create the perfect chair for your interior. The AAC23 would be suitable as a dining chair or side chair.
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8. Carl Hansen & Son CH30 Chair
The Carl Hansen CH30 Chair, designed by Hans J.Wegner in 1954, showcases the 'Master of Chairs' signature style through its organic form and exceptional craftsmanship.
Throughout his career, Wegner tirelessly optimised the most archetypal piece of furniture resulted in a treasure trove of considered chair designs. The CH30 design makes clear reference to Wegner’s CH23 chair from 1950 and his CH33 chair from 1957, which is evident in the sophisticated craftsmanship seen in the cruciform cover caps on the slightly arched backrest.
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9. &Tradition SK1 Dining Chair
The In Between SK1 Chair designed by Sami Kallio for &Tradition is a timeless chair produced using two classical techniques; compression moulding, (making it light and thin, yet strong) and woodturning (a technique that uses a lathe to achieve greater detail).
Its back and side panels create an embracing shape and supportive seating environment that is perfect for a dining space. With its low-swung, crescent back and armrest, and a very slightly pitched seat pan, this light gives an airy and elegant expression. Both are balanced by the dynamically angled legs, resulting in an equilibrium of forms that makes In Between a contemporary design classic. It comes in three finishes.
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10. Knoll Cesca Dining Chair
The Knoll Cesca Chair - originally knows and the B32 Chair - was designed in 1928 by Marcel Breuer. A revolutionary chair of its time the simple materials of seat and back mounted on a cantilevered tubular steel base gives Cesca and almost innocuous appeal.
It's a chair which, although familiar, pushed the boundary in design realisation yet still resonates today as much as it did then. Ubiquitous in its heyday it's a chair which had found a new popularity to a modern audience once again.
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