Thursday, February 14, 2013

Furniture 101: Dining Room and Kitchen Chair Styles

Whether your taste runs antique, modern or anywhere in between, there are basic styles and designs that stand the test of time.  It's always helpful to know the name of a design, whether it is an original or a reproduction.

Here is a little Visual 101 Tutorial and Round-Up:

{via Chicago Appraiser's Association}

and don't forget about nice legs:
{Via Chicago Appraiser's Asssoc.

Current Reproductions:

Crate and Barrel "Bentwood Chair"
Bow Windsor Back
Wynn Ladderback Chair
Pottery Barn "Wynn Ladderback Chair" 

Cortona Chair
Pottery Barn "Cortona Chair" is a "Fiddle Back"

Louis XVI End Chair - Sage - New
Wisteria "Louis XVI Dining Chair"

Cane-Back Chair - Dining
Wisteria "Cane Back Dining Chair"

Queen Anne Upholstered Chair
Pottery Barn "Queen Anne Chair"

and a few modern additions that are staples:
Parsons Chair - Frame Only
Parson's Chair
 (named after Parson's School of Design in NYC,
not Parson as in a Preacher of a church, btw)
Monogrammed Slipcovered Parsons Chair
Skirted Parsons
Tolix Chair
Eames Chair
I have such a love for well crafted chairs...and they all seem to have their own personality, that I love to mix and match! Guess that's a multiple personality thing? I think that even traditional dining rooms and kitchens can benefit from breaking up sets of chairs...making your space more approachable. What do you think?
Opposites Attract

Mix and match dining room chairs
Unified by light and dark

Mix and match dining chairs
All Queen Anne Fiddle Back, different finishes
Different Styles unified by same paint and upholstery
Casual Elegance
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Unified by French Inspiration

I could go on...
hope this gives  you something to think about when you're narrowing down your style.


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