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Iconic Modern Dining Chairs

Ah, the humble chair. In the last several decades, the chair has reached great heights in material, form and character, making it a canvas of choice for designers, creators and artists in the modern era. Even as one of the most basic pieces of furniture in our dining rooms, a great chair can make a strong statement about your personal (great) taste. Here, a few of the most recognized designs that continue to add serious style around a table.

CH24 Wishbone Chair by Carl Hansen

CH24 Wishbone Chair by Carl Hansen

Also known as the Wishbone Chair, this Danish modern classic is still largely crafted by hand, including wrapping the seat in about 120 meters of paper cord.

Panton Chair (1999) by Vitra

Panton Chair (1999) by Vitra

The anthropomorphic, cantilever structure of Verner Panton's is a modern icon, and was the first chair to be manufactured completely out of plastic in one single piece.

Eames® Molded Plastic Side Chair by Herman Miller

Eames® Molded Plastic Side Chair by Herman Miller

Designed by Charles and Ray Eames to be a simple form that would fit every body and every space, this shell chair is one of the most well-recognized pieces of mid-century furniture.

Tulip Armless Chair by Knoll

Tulip Armless Chair by Knoll

Eero Saarinen's Tulip collection was designed to confront the "slum of legs" found under traditional tables and chairs, and made the pedestal style a mainstay in the modern furniture world.

Masters Chair by Kartell

Masters Chair by Kartell

The unique shape of this chair back is an homage to 3 other iconic chair designs from the mid-century, earning its moniker from Philppe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet.

Navy Chair by Emeco

Navy Chair by Emeco

A simple, sturdy and comfortable design that has been made by hand since its inception in 1944. Its careful craft is rooted in a dedication to making designs that last, quite literally, a lifetime or more.

CH33P Chair - Black Edition by Carl Hansen

CH33P Chair - Black Edition by Carl Hansen

The rich, black satin finish is a limited edition of this classic Hans J. Wegner chair, designed in 1957. Its clean simplicity makes the design as relevant and modern as ever, with a luxurious touch.

Beetle Dining Chair by Gubi

Beetle Dining Chair by Gubi

Yep, this seat is named after the six-legged creature, as seen in its shell-like shape and spindly legs. A wide range of colors and materials make it easy to tailor to your personal modern style.

Risom Side Chair by Knoll

Risom Side Chair by Knoll

Originally constructed from simple maple frames and discarded parachute webbing, Jean Risom's design was one of the first to bring Scandinavian style and simplicity to mainstream production.

Louis Ghost Chair by Kartell

Louis Ghost Chair by Kartell

Only Phillippe Starck could turn a baroque, Louis XV style piece of furniture into something wholly modern. His famous ghost chair is not only striking, it's stackable and outdoor-friendly.

Bellini Chair by Heller

Bellini Chair by Heller

The sleek, sculptural lines seen in this chair are a hallmark of Mario Bellini designs. With an ultra-versatile make-up (lightweight, stackable, outdoor-ready) it's a work of art for just about any room.

Bertoia Side Chair by Knoll

Bertoia Side Chair by Knoll

A mid-century favorite, Harry Bertoia's iconic chair design features criss-crossed wires that make it at once delicate, industrial and versatile in style.