Posts Tagged ‘dining’


All of us know what constitutes a standard dining room chair. It is typically wood with a fairly straight back, sometimes with a gently padded seat or back. Often they are sold as sets with armless versions for the sides of the table, and armed versions for the two ends, many times designed to match the table itself. 'Designy' options have included either an Eames fiberglass model, or perhaps a Wegner bentwood frame.

Lately, I've been seeing a lot of license taken with what constitues a dining room chair, and I think it's a super idea to note that all kinds of different styles can work well within the dining room setting. From vintage chairs on casters to fully padded options, no option is really verboten. Try benches only, or opt for an acrylic piece that is barely there. Slung leather typically found in more of a lounge setting may work, or perhaps try a molded bucket. If the style and color fits your decor, your choices are wide open.

Rolling vintage

Benches + Bentwood


Molded shell and Leather sling

Overstuffed Option

Amy wrote this post. She is the designer and owner of FormFire Glassworks, where she creates modern lampwork glass beads and jewelry, and by day designs custom homes for a small firm in Southern California. You can follow her twitter @formfireglass.


Most of us grow up knowing a standard way that certain things are done. A standard bedroom has a bed and a dresser. A standard living room has a sofa, coffee table and an easy chair. A dining room has a table with chairs, perhaps with armed chairs at the ends. That's generally what we see when we go shopping for furniture. But one way to create an interesting environment in your home is to get to the essence of what a space needs. And a dining space needs a horizontal surface for serving and eating food, as well as seating of some type. I have spied quite a few non-standard seating options lately that may spur you into thinking with a broader mind when searching for dining chairs.

As gorgeous as your typical wood-frame, lightly upholstered dining chair may be, perhaps an unconventional material like a fiberglass shell may be just the ticket - with either a wood base or a thin metal armature, either way they look substantial and modern. Or perhaps choose a metal chair. These can range from light wire models to vintage industrial pieces. Benches can create family-style seating with a more minimalist vibe. For a lighter look, stools are another great option. They tuck away under the table when not in use, and range from light frames to solid wood or upholstered blocks. Or why not mix and match? There is no rule that says you need to have matching seating options, although that is typically what we choose. Each seat can be a different chair, or might be a mixture of benches and chairs, or may include a built-in seating option to make good use of small spaces. Whichever seating you choose, getting down to the essential requirements can help broaden your possible options.

(above) Fiberglass Shells

Mix and Match + Black and White with Built-in

Bentwood Stools

Window Seat + Minimalist Benches

Vintage Metal

Amy wrote this post. She is the designer and owner of FormFire Glassworks, where she creates modern lampwork glass beads and jewelry, and by day designs custom homes for a small firm in Southern California. You can follow her twitter @formfireglass.


A couple weeks ago, Interior Obsessions with FormFire Glassworks took at look at the fireplace as it shifted from the center to the periphery of the home. My Thanksgiving blog break led me to take a look at the dining room table, another area of the home that was typically a focal point, yet often sits unused as a showcase area, as has been the case for many years. In-kitchen eating areas and take out often take the place of sitting at the dining table, but holidays remind us how nice it can be to enjoy good food with family and friends.

Tables have a great range of options in the modern home. Texture, color, size and style all play into the decision-making when it comes to a main dining space. Traditional styles can be mixed with modern seating, while a mix of chairs can take the focus away from a more simple table. Wood tops can be highlighted, or can be hidden under a cloth for added color and texture. White, black and bright colors are additional options for the modern dining room setup, and sizes range from small circular iconic pieces to lengthy, room-filling slabs. Whether you use a more standard table type, or just a picnic table, there's always something appealing about an inviting tablescape that make you want to linger well into dessert.

(above) Lovely Linen

Traditional Long + Modern Slab

Circular Saarinen

Plain White + Mismatched Metal

Picnic Table + Refectory Dining