Every time we go to an international or local design trade fair we are struck by the number of new dining chair designs on offer. Considering that a chair has four legs, a seat and back, sometimes arms, it is a tribute to the inventiveness of the human spirit, that we continue to reinvent the humble dining chair!
The ancient Egyptians are credited with inventing a four legged seat with a back, with the earliest examples found in tombs dating back as far as 2680BC. The French developed the first truly lightweight and comfortable chairs, from which a whole class of timber and upholstered chairs developed. The Bauhaus movement from 1919 to 1933 introduced simple lighter chairs without decorative additives, suitable for mass production and using materials such as bent wood, steel, leather and plastic. Around the same time, Scandinavian designers such as Hans J. Wegner, formed a modernist school, based on the concept of simple functionality. During his lifetime he designed over 500 different chairs, over a 100 of which were put into mass production, many of which have become iconic.
In the thousands and perhaps millions of varieties, the most successful in terms of form and function, are fewer than you would think. Finding a chair that is comfortable over the hours spent at the dining table and aesthetically pleasing narrows down the choices. Of course we all come in different shapes and sizes, so there isn’t one size fits all, so we take care to make sure that our clients have the opportunity to try before they buy.
Here are a few of our favourites…
Chair 170 by Feelgood Designs, available from Stylecraft
This chair cleverly blends Japanese simplicity and Scandinavian mid-century design in American Oak.
Pocket Chair by Hem Seating, available from HG Furniture Solutions
The Pocket Chair has a beautifully sculpted leather slung seat that just gets better with age. It is versatile and can be used as a dining chair, desk chair or side chair.
CH36 Chair by Carl Hansen & Søn, available from Cult Design
This beautiful chair designed by Hans J. Wegner is influenced by the shaker principles of simplicity and utility.
Feel Good Dining Chair by Flexform, available from Fanuli
The Feel Good by Flexform in leather with burnished metal legs has sleek masculine lines and is very comfortable.