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 Charles Eames eiffel dining chair.
I’m seeing them everywhere.
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;
the same chair in black.
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 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 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. Just go au naturale, k?
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
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
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
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
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
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.