The 10 Best Modern Dining Chairs

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Best Modern Dining Chairs

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For this post, I have put together a collection of the best modern dining chairs currently available.

A quality dining chair needs to be comfortable, easy to clean and beautiful. This selection deals with all three requirements perfectly. 

The following chairs use durable, long-lasting materials that will enable you to enjoy your home dining experience for years to come.

So here is my list of The 10 Best Modern Dining Chairs .

Enjoy!


1. Eames Molded Plastic Dining Chair

Designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller®

The biomorphic form of the Eames Shell Chair makes it as comfortable as it has been collectible for decades.

Made of durable, 100 percent recyclable polypropylene, this Molded Plastic Side Chair has a subtly textured finish and wire base.


2. Eames Molded Plastic Dowel Base Dining Chair

Designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller®

The Eames Shell Chair was designed on the principle of adaptability. Its universally welcoming form can be expressed in a variety of materials and configurations to serve a variety of needs.

This version is molded from 100 percent recyclable polypropylene.


3. Eames® Molded Plywood Dining Chair (DCW)

Designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller®

Hailed by Time magazine as the Best Design of the 20th Century, the iconic DCW or “Dining Chair Wood” (1946) began as an experiment in the Eameses’ apartment, where they were molding plywood in what they called the “Kazam! Machine.”

The machine pressed thin sheets of wood veneer against a heated membrane that was inflated by a bicycle pump. Humble beginnings for what would become one of the world’s most widely recognized and highly coveted chairs.

Expertly crafted with a molded seat and back (no bike pumps are used today), this chair supports you in a comfortable ergonomic position while rubber shock mounts buffer against jarring movement. 


4. Magis Steelwood Dining Chair

French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec set out to create a versatile, long-lasting dining chair, compatible both in small dinette spaces and luxurious dining rooms.

Their successful effort combines the warmth of wood and the strong modernity of steel.


5. Eames Wire with Bikini Pad Dowel Dining Chair

Designed By Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller

An iteration of the single-shell wire Eames Shell Chair, the crisscross two-piece “bikini” offers an unexpected and unique perspective on the traditional form.

The back and seat pads are available in a variety of colors. Its patented design maximizes both lightness and strength, and complements the dowel base.


6. Tolix® Marais A Chair Dining Chair

Metalworker Xavier Pauchard not only brought the art of galvanizing steel to France but also took the process to the next level by creating the Marais A Chair (1934). The quintessential cafe chair, it was both elegant and robust enough to grace the decks of the S.S. Normandie ocean liner.

It takes 100 manual operations to create a Tolix chair, and 80 years after the company was founded, the Tolix name is recognized worldwide as best-in-class furniture. “Xavier Pauchard’s Chaise A is a perfect synthesis created by a man possessed of an understanding of raw materials, and the tools used to work them,” said Serge Lemoine, former director of Musee d’Orsay, Paris. All Tolix furniture is still made in Autun, the same Burgundy town where the company first began. Slight surface abrasions and markings are characteristic of the material and part of its hardworking machine aesthetic.

Stackable up to 10 high.

Made in France.


7. Bottega Dining Chair

Husband-and-wife team Renzo Fauciglietti and Graziella Bianchi describe themselves as “designers and researchers,” and they’re known for their ability to combine high-tech function with classic styling. Their Bottega Side Chair (2003) is constructed with a harmonic sheet steel back that flexes with you for continuous support.

Furthering this luxurious experience, Bottega is wrapped in smooth-as-silk stain-resistant leather that’s hand-sewn onto the slender but strong steel frame to hug every angle and curve. The seat is lightly padded, creating a combination of suppleness and strength that’s not always easy to find.

This beloved collection is a top choice for comfortable, elegant seating in any space, from dining room to home office to executive suite and beyond.

Made in Italy.


8. Victoria Ghost Dining Chair

Philippe Starck's Victoria Ghost Chair (2006), like her cousin the Louis Ghost, presented a significant manufacturing challenge for Kartell. Crafted from a single piece of injection-molded polycarbonate, the medallion back could only be created thanks to Kartell's accumulated knowledge, built over years of innovation in plastic manufacturing.

Sleek and sturdy, the baroque-style chair is transparent, and coordinates with the Louis Ghost Armchair.

Made in Italy.


9. CH36 Side Dining Chair

For 58 years, Danish designer Hans Wegner conceived memorable, comfortable, stunning furniture for Carl Hansen & Søn, the same company that continues to produce his authentic works today.

Known as the “chair-maker of chair-makers,” Wegner was a prolific designer with a unique ability to bring an elegant lightness to sturdy, long-lasting chairs that continues to be unmatched today.

His CH36 Side Chair (1962) is expertly fashioned with a solid wood frame and handwoven paper cord seat, reflecting its designer’s appreciation for Shaker craftsmanship.

Made in Denmark.


10. Møller Model 77 Dining Chair

In 1944, Niels Otto Møller founded J.L. Møllers Møbelfabrik in Denmark, a company that has received many awards, including the Danish Furniture Prize in 1974 and 1981. "My father never compromised on anything," says Jørgen Henrik Møller. "When he designed a chair, he would find the materials and then design the furniture. Each design took him five years to complete." Even today the company continues to use old craft traditions like handwoven seats, which, on the Model 77 Side Chair (1959), are made from one continuous 425-foot-long piece of cord.

To make their furniture frames, Møller hand-selects raw wood from environmentally friendly sources and never uses machines for the final polish, as these devices treat all wood the same and can't replicate the finish that comes from polishing by hand.

In 1974, Niels Otto Møller began exporting to Japan, which remains one of the biggest markets for his chairs due to their simplicity and craftsmanship. Møllers is still a small family-owned business and is now managed by Jørgen Henrik Møller. These chairs are authentic, fully licensed products of J.L. Møllers Møbelfabrik.

Made in Denmark


I hope this list of the best modern dining chairs was helpful, if you think I left out one that is important, let me know in the comments below.

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Brandon Hubbard, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

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