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Best Bets: 10 Modern Outdoor Dining Chairs

Let’s take this outside, shall we? Make every meal an al fresco affair with outdoor dining chairs that combine comfort, convenience and modern design into pieces so beautiful you’ll hardly want to leave them outside. Here, our top 10 picks.

Written by Nissa Hallquist

Soft Egg Chair by Driade

However you may like your real eggs to eat, you definitely want the Egg you sit in to be Soft. The Soft Egg Chair by Driade was designed by Philippe Starck with, yes, soft curvy lines based on organic design motifs of the 1950s. Slots along the sides of the seat both allow rainwater to flow off and for easy stacking.

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Soft Egg Chair by Driade

Core Chair and Armchair by Cane-line

The Cane-line Core Side Chair and Armchair look and feel like indoor dining chairs, but are made specifically for outdoor use. They include quilted outdoor upholstery proprietary to Cane-line with QuickDryFoam fill that, as its name suggests, dries very quickly. So you can get back to comfortable outdoor dining in no time—and not get your pants wet.

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Core Chair and Armchair by Cane-line

Coco Chair/Armchair by Oasiq

The Coco Chair and Coco Armchair show off the ideal blend of industrial metal and rustic wood elements. They each include an aluminum seat and steel frame (in a single finish) on solid teak legs. Great around a wood dining table, a metal one or one with some of both materials.

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Coco Chair/Armchair by Oasiq

Hot Mesh Barstool by Blu Dot

One of the best ways to elevate your outdoor dining experience. The Hot Mesh Barstool—and in fact the entire Hot Mesh collection—has been a highly popular choice for outdoor dining with its geometric mesh pattern, durable yet lightweight aluminum construction and playful colors.

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Hot Mesh Barstool by Blu Dot

Tip Ton Indoor/Outdoor Chair by Vitra

The Tip Ton Indoor/Outdoor Chair has a unique base that lets you tilt it forward to work or eat, or lean back to relax and think. This particular version comes in an array of colors suitable for long-term outdoor use.

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Tip Ton Indoor/Outdoor Chair by Vitra

Phantom Illuminated Armchair by Domitalia

Bright, fun and just a little spooky; the perfect outdoor chair for after the sun goes down. With its ghostly glow, the Phantom Illuminated Armchair looks like a slipcovered easy chair that has come to life and is floating its way across the patio.

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Phantom Illuminated Armchair by Domitalia

Twizt Upholstered Chair and Armchair by Mamagreen

The larger Twizt Outdoor Dining Collection is notable for tapered legs, angled chair backs and smooth expanses of high-quality teak. The Twizt Upholstered Chair and Armchair add to the comfort and elegant look with seats that are sharply tailored in weatherproof Sunbrella or Stamskin artificial leather upholstery.

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Twizt Upholstered Chair and Armchair by Mamagreen

Vertex Dining Chair by Vondom

A fashionably faceted dining chair molded out of a single piece of polyethylene plastic. Even with all of the sharp lines, the Vertex Dining Chair by Vondom manages to be exceptionally comfortable by angling those lines just so for the sake of ergonomics. Designed by Karim Rashid.

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Vertex Dining Chair by Vondom

Flux Chair by Flux

The Flux Chair takes the idea of a portable folding chair to a whole new level. Inspired by the art of origami, Flux arrives as a flat piece of polypropylene that, via carefully scored lines, folds into a strong, comfortable chair in a matter of minutes.

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Flux Chair by Flux

Grinda Chair/Armchair by Skargaarden

My personal favorites, the Grinda Chair and Grinda Armchair offer a gorgeous take on the popular rustic industrial look. It has slats of solid teak supported by a bent black tubular steel frame. The back slats are pierced by the frame, giving the chair a unique and seamless look and feel.

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Grinda Chair/Armchair by Skargaarden
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