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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

Mermaid Chair by Driade

Even sea creatures need to dine comfortably. The Mermaid Chair is fashioned of molded polyethylene to resemble the way rock might be carved and smoothed by the crashing surf. Smooth lines and graceful curves are complemented by a comfortable hollow for feet (or fins).

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Mermaid 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

Broom Stacking Chair by Philippe Starck for Emeco

Sawdust that would be normally swept up and thrown away is instead used to help create the fun and colorful Broom Stacking Chair. Designed by Philippe Starck for Emeco, the chair is made out of 75% waste polypropylene and 25% reclaimed wood fiber—making it 100% great for the environment as well as the modern style of your outdoor dining area.

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Broom Stacking Chair by Philippe Starck for Emeco

Deauville LED Chair by Artkalia

What if you could change your palette at the touch of a button? Artkalia's Deauville LED Chair not only provides a tough, water-resistant and comfortable throne for outdoor dining, it's also a source of light and color with a remote-controlled LED in the base that lasts through your most leisurely meal and beyond.

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Deauville LED Chair by Artkalia

Ekka Stacking Armchair, Teak Seat by Mamagreen

Modern comfort that keeps you cool. Sustainably produced hemp is UV safe, and teak is naturally weather resistant, making this stackable design super durable as well as comfy. The wide woven backrest lets the summer breeze keep you cool; optional cushion sold separately (if you can stand that much luxury).

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Ekka Stacking Armchair, Teak Seat 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