things we're looking at: dining chairs

Our current set of chairs for our dining room table are a mish mash- 1 Tripp Trapp, 1 other child's chair, 2 non-matching arm chairs and a selection of side chairs taken from 2 different vintage dining room sets that we have managed to destroy over the past 6 years. All of the adult chairs are nice, but not what I'd really prefer. Most likely I will continue to suffer through because I have spent way too much time recovering the seats myself (some twice)  and because they are still in solid shape and I hate to waste anything that still has a decent amount of use left in it. But some are getting wobbly, some are actually craking in spots and the finnish is a mess. Thanks to a complete lapse of brain function on my part, I've just managed to simultaneously fairly solidly destroy my bathing suit and the 2 most solid chairs. The prudent choice would be to just paint them all for now and wait until they are really in need of replacement, but I am taking this opportunity to at least look into my options. Before we bought our house, the dining room was filled with a whole set of George Nakashima rope chairs and the kitchen full of Bertoias and, besides being much of the reason that I bought the house, I think that's helped increase my longing for some really fabulous modern chairs. I know that many of my dream chairs fall into the $1,000+ per chair category, but there are some other more rationally based options too. And color, I strongly want color, lots of color. I think if I could have 1 of each chair that I love, I might eventually be happy. 

Eames® Molded Fiberglass Dowel-Leg Side Chair, black/walnut, Cadmium.Green 

Eames® Molded Fiberglass Dowel-Leg Side Chair, black/walnut, Cadmium.Green 

Eames® Molded Fiberglass Dowel-Leg Side Chair (DFSW), black/ebony, Navy Blue

Eames® Molded Fiberglass Dowel-Leg Side Chair (DFSW), black/ebony, Navy Blue

Eames® Molded Fiberglass Dowel-Leg Armchair (DFAW), Black/Ebony, Ultramarine Blue

Eames® Molded Fiberglass Dowel-Leg Armchair (DFAW), Black/Ebony, Ultramarine Blue

Eames® Molded Fiberglass Dowel-Leg Armchair (DFAW), Black/Walnut, Lemon Yellow

Eames® Molded Fiberglass Dowel-Leg Armchair (DFAW), Black/Walnut, Lemon Yellow

I love Eames side chairs, all kinds, colors, shapes and bases, but I really love the stronger color options with the darker wood dowel legs. I know everybody has them, but I love them all the same. 

colored wishbone at design within reach

colored wishbone at design within reach

colored wishbone at design within reach

colored wishbone at design within reach

Another superb classic is the Wishbone Chairs and, though I do enjoy the walnut, I adore these colored lacquer versions.

mantis  at design within reach

mantis  at design within reach

Though a set of 6 or more would cost well over $10,000, I still really love the Mantis by Craig Bassam for BassamFellows (above), architectural, sculptural and rock solid. Another solid wood lovely, is the Splat chair from west elm, but available at a much lower price. 

splat from west elm

splat from west elm

tucker from serena & lily

tucker from serena & lily

tucker from serena & lily

tucker from serena & lily

tucker from serena & lily

tucker from serena & lily

Serena & Lilly's Tucker chair is a lovely, smaller version of the Windsor chair, rather Shaker like and available in a slew of colors. 

tabouret from overstock

tabouret from overstock

A great budget option is the set of 4 tabouret chairs available at Overstock. These offer the Tollix look at a very low price with great color options. My favorite, when available, is the yellow, but these Baja Blue chairs are pretty smashing too. We have 4 of the stools in our kitchen and we all love them.