Interior Obsessions: Unexpected 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.

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I consider very it having an attractive dining set very significant. My family deserves to eat and get together in an setting that is convenient and relaxing. All the sets in the pictures are beautiful. Any of them in my dining room would be great


nice post, I wonder how the hanging bottles would look turned on. Cool


Megan – So glad to give you a boost there. I happen to really love those leather chairs as well.

Sophia – Thank you!

Modern Simplicity

I really love the bottle-lamp!!! Nice blog!

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Oh! What a fresh post. Sometimes I curiously believe I was the only person who held grudges against typical dining room sets (ick!). The leather slung chairs and table are to die for! Thanks for sharing 🙂

Megan K.
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