RIP EAMES EIFFEL CHAIR

Okay. So I’m being a bit dramatic. They don’t appear to be dying, neither should they be dead. In fact, I quite like these chairs. I even contemplated buying six of them when they we’re discounted to two for $50 at Target about a year ago, and keeping them in some magical free storage place until I moved out of student accommodation. I didn’t, but it was very close. It came down to choosing between, you know, food for a month or chairs, and not even I like chairs that much. What I’m trying to say is, there’s nothing wrong with your stock standard Eames Eiffel dining chair.

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BUT

I’m seeing them everywhere.

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They’re in dining rooms and cafes everywhere. If you’ve overhauled your dining room in the last few years I’m almost certain you would’ve bought them. When the white ones got a little past their novelty we saw an innovative remake of the classic;

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the exact same chair in black.

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And then every colour of the rainbow.

Look, let me reiterate, I do like these chairs. I just think there’s less tired options out there. Like these:

ACAPULCO CHAIR

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Acapulco chair in aqua available at acapulcochair.com.au

So I’m a little biased. I LOVE Mexican inspired decor. Traditionally, Acapulco chairs are used outdoors, but they’re starting to crop up inside and I’m embracing it. Drape a sheepskin over it and voila, you have ‘la silla acapulco fenomenal’.

BENTWOOD CHAIR

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Bentwood Chair available at wayfair.com.au for $204

What an elegant chair. I always think of a quaint little French cafe when I see these babies. You cannot go wrong with these – in an acceptable grain. Nothing red or green. You can go wrong with red or green. Or both. Together. You can’t go wrong with au naturale, k?

GHOST CHAIR

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Replica Louis Ghost Dining Chair in Smoke available for $99.95 from Living Styles

I’ll say it, even if no one else will; ghost chairs are a trend. Borderline fad. These aren’t tired yet but they’re certainly on their way. I’m not saying don’t buy them – they can look sublime at a dresser, but something tells me like perspex stripper heels these chairs are a primary cause for a “what was I thinking” moment two years after purchase.

CH20 ELBOW CHAIR

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CH20 Elbow Chair available at Mark Tuckey

This is just an exquisite example classic danish design. The CH20 Elbow chair makes me wonder whether it’s from the future or from a simpler time – which is excellent because you know it won’t date. I particularly like the leather seat. Looks like a caramel chocolate coin. Yummy.

HANS WEGNER WISHBONE CHAIR

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Replica Hans Wegner Wishbone Chair in Natural Ash, available at Milano Republic for $179

Designed by the same guy as the CH20 Elbow, the Wishbone, in my opinion, is the epitome of a great dining chair. If I had favourites, which I totally don’t, this would be my favourite. I love the curves and I love the paper chord woven seat. Darn those clever Danes.

TAKAHASHI ASAKO’S 170 CHAIR

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Dining Chair 170 in Natural by FeelGood Designs, available at Curious Grace for $375

Takahashi Asako’s 170 Chair echoes the danish design of Wegner’s earlier pieces, but just cleans up a little nicer. It’s minimalistic in its lines, sleek, but somehow still incredibly welcoming. Nice. I like.

XAVIER PAUCHARD’S TOLIX CHAIR

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Replica Xavier Pauchard Galvanised Dining Chair with Wood Seat, available at Replica Furniture for $149.

Now this may be my country roots speaking but I do love a Tolix dining chair. It’s clean, it’s practical, it’s industrial, it’s just what you imagine when someone says chair.

HARRY BERTOIA WIRE CHAIR

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Replica Bird chair powder coated in white with white cushion, available from Milan Republic for $89

The wire says modern but the curves dissolve any harshness. It is very literally moulded to your rear, and looks great at dining tables ends or even at a desk. You done good, Harry.

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