For me, dining chairs have always been the quiet heroes of a room.  A dining chair can signal a design era, and can be a small to medium sized investment that packs a lovely punch in a well-designed room. When I'm shopping in the French flea markets I fall in love 100 times each day with vintage dining chairs I see along the way. 

I don't buy them all of course, but I do buy the most special examples and I always have the ideal setting in mind for each one.  Read on for some of my favorites. 

eames dining chair

A collection of mid-century design icons (Eames and Baummann in this example)  in a similar color turn a simple dining table into a design statement.

schoolhouse chair

A simple industrial school chair fills an empty space between rooms. 


A dining chair is sometimes the perfect thing to bridge periods - a modern dining chair (Baumann again) with a rustic reclaimed wood dining table creates a very different vibe than a traditional dining room set.


An antique Flambeau drafting chair gives a rustic wood table an industrial flair.

Breuer dining chair

Beautiful Breuer dining chairs stand in for extra seating in a small space.

ercol dining chair

A vintage Ercol Dining chair stands in for a bedside table.

Laurie Furber
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