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.
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.
Another superb classic is the Wishbone Chairs and, though I do enjoy the walnut, I adore these colored lacquer versions.
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.
Serena & Lilly's Tucker chair is a lovely, smaller version of the Windsor chair, rather Shaker like and available in a slew of colors.
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.