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Best Bets: 10 Unexpected Dining Chairs

Choosing a new set of dining chairs can be a bit daunting. With near endless options out there, it can feel a bit like playing musical chairs and not being quite sure where you’ll land. For a stunning space you and your guests will love, we’ve let the music stop on our top ten wow-worthy choices that are anything but traditional.

Written by Megan Morgan

Estelle Chair by Copeland Furniture

This chair is all about its striking silhouette: A sophisticated slatted back, a softly rounded support and tapered legs that angle ever-so outward. Each Estelle armchair is handmade by artisans in Vermont, and the six natural wood finishes ensure it will look great with everything from arts & crafts style to rustic modern

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Estelle Chair by Copeland Furniture

Synnes Chair by Menu

This is Scandinavian design with a distinct shape. Designed by Falke Svatun for Menu, the curved back invites comfort and stability—we like to think of it as a little hug when you’re seated. The legs taper where they meet the seat as well as where they meet the floor, a detail that that creates stunning lines in a modern space.

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Synnes Chair by Menu

Star Armchair by Domitalia

A little evocative of a yoga pose or a sea creature, this chair’s got curves. With legs like solid twigs, a back that hugs in, arms that roll and seat grooves that cradle, this design is edgy—but also a soft and organic addition to the modern dining space. Designed by Adriano Balutto.

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Star Armchair by Domitalia

Modesty Veiled Chair by Driade

Don’t be fooled by the name. This Italo Rota design is anything but modest, commanding the attention of all those at the table with a playful sophistication. From a distance, it has the appearance of draped fabric; but up close, you can see it’s made from a smooth and shiny polyethylene. It brings just the right amount of drama as captain’s chairs in the dining room (or even all the way around the table).

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Modesty Veiled Chair by Driade

Sloo Dining Chair by Vondom

Sit up to eat, and then lean back to relax—all without leaving the dining table. A creation from renowned designer Karim Rashid, Sloo is at once both a modern sculpture and a fully functional seat from which to share good food and conversation with your chosen companions. And because it’s made from ultra-durable polyethylene, it’s easy to transition from outdoor to indoor dining, depending on the season.

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Sloo Dining Chair by Vondom

Masters Chair by Kartell

No modern chair list would be complete without mention of the Kartell Masters Chair. Honoring the past creations of design past—Arne Jacobsen’s Series 7 Chair, Eero Saarinen’s Tulip Armhair and Charles Eames’ Eiffel Chair—with a unique silhouette, this chair is lightweight, visually striking and comfortable to boot,. We’d say it earned its name in mastering modern seating.

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Masters Chair by Kartell

Belloch Chair by Santa and Cole

The magic is in the materials—or rather, the meshing of several different ones. Santa & Cole’s Belloch Chair has a seat back and base made from polypropylene, paired with solid wood legs. The sturdy design was actually created for the offices of Santa & Cole in Spain, but it was received so well (and received so many requests) that it became available to the public. The stackable design embodies the philosophy that simplicity and quality materials are everything one needs in a modern chair.

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Belloch Chair by Santa and Cole

Hopkins Dining Chair by Ion Design

A plush upgrade to the familiar schoolhouse chair. Coated in faux leather (for easy cleaning) with angular steel legs, it’s a smart blend of industrial and rustic styles that’s yours for the sitting.

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Hopkins Dining Chair by Ion Design

Clutch Dining Chair by Blu Dot

With its solid and sturdy legs at the foundation, the Clutch chair from Blu Dot makes its way into smooth padded upholstery on the back and arm rests. With easy-to-clean upholstery in oh-so-rich colors, these make a rich addition to a home with both modern and transitional elements.

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Clutch Dining Chair by Blu Dot

Drop Chair – Upholstered by Fritz Hansen

Originally a plastic design from Arne Jacobsen in 1958, Fritz Hansen recently released an upholstered iteration of the classic drop chair. This softer version is now available covered in fabric or luxurious leather. The chair still sports the same flared chrome legs that are a minimalist complement to the head-turning silhouette of the seat.

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Drop Chair – Upholstered by Fritz Hansen