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.
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.
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.
4. Gubi Beetle Chair
GamFratesi designed the Beetle Chair for Gubi in 2012. Inspired by the anatomy of a beetle with its hard shell and exterior patterning, the result is a beautifully formed dining chair with unrivalled comfort. Available in several variations: fully upholstered, front upholstered and unupholstered, and in many different fabric options, the chair is as adaptable as it is beautiful - achieving cult status.
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.
6. Cassina Superleggera Chair
The Superleggera Chair is elegant, minimal and lightweight. Designed by Gio Ponti, widely regarded as a master of design, the chair is the result of a creative collaboration between designer and entrepreneur - perfectly balanced through it's philosophy as well as it's form. Weighing just 1.7kg, the chair has been expertly refined through decades of hard work, originally inspired by the work of the furniture artisans of the Ligurian coast. In its latest edition, the chair is available in natural ash, black lacquered or with a white frame, a classic and beautiful addition to any interior.
7. Hay About A Chair AAC20 Chair
The About A Chair AAC20 conveys a formal expression through its strong and balanced steel swivel base. The About A Chair series was designed by Hee Welling, based on a philosophy that prides itself on creating simple and useful objects. The chair's curved shell and centred base provide a symmetrical balance, whilst the wide range of upholstery and colour options allow the design to be easily adapted to your requirements.
8. Carl Hansen & Son CH88 Chair
The CH88 Chair was designed by Hans J Wegner in 1955 but put only recently put into production in 2016. Carl Hansen & Son CEO Knud Erik Hansen said of the chair: "Wegner was an unsurpassed master when it came to exploring the applications and compatibility of different materials." Minimal and refined, a curved steam-moulded back support has slightly upturned ends, leading into a tubular steel frame and an oval, wooden seat. The design of the CH88 Chair has been tweaked slightly to suit modern needs and is now available in different wood and colour options, as well as with an upholstered seat.
9. Knoll Tulip Chair
The Tulip Chair, designed in 1957 available as both a side chair and armchair, is an iconic design by Eero Saarinen. Both futuristic and classic, yet somehow retaining its organic form, the chair is perfect for a modern interior, epitomising the social change that happened in the late 1950s and early 1960s. With a moulded aluminium base and fibreglass reinforced plastic shell in either black or white, the chair is instantly recognisable as a design classic.
10. Vitra Panton S Chair
A true statement chair, ergonomic yet with organic qualities, the Panton Chair is a design classic. The product of years of collaboration between Vernor Panton and Vitra, it was released in 1967 and amassed a cult following quickly. Now available in the classic version (with shine) as well as the standard version and children's version, the chair is a colourful statement that has proven itself to be a timeless piece of furniture history. To find out more about its story see one of our previous blog posts, here.