Here Are the 12 Best Midcentury-Inspired Dining Chairs We’re Currently Coveting

Here Are the 12 Best Midcentury-Inspired Dining Chairs We’re Currently Coveting

By Samantha Daly
Take a load off in one of these Dwell-approved seats that can also moonlight as office chairs when work takes you to the dining room.
Branch Cafe Chair
Kick up your feet in the Branch Cafe Chair. Clad in bright colors and swooping lines, the Cafe Chair is a playful and stackable seating solution for breakout rooms, kitchen and cafe spaces, and causal areas of all kinds.
Sossego Tereza Chair
There’s something about Tereza. Full of spunk, verve, and brazen determination. She’s a simple modern beauty with just a hint of surprise.
Fritz Hansen Ant Chair
Arne Jacobsen helped shape design history when he accommodated three different bends in one piece of plywood, simply by narrowing the center. The resulting Ant Chair (1952) has a back with a gentle give and comfortable curved seat.
Case Profile Chair
Matthew Hilton created the Profile Chair (2005) to accompany his Cross Extension Table, which was honored with the 2006 Elle Decoration Best in Furniture Award. An ergonomic solution for dining, this chair is simply shaped with splayed legs and an angled back that’s curved for comfortable support.
HAY Élémentaire Chair
Brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec founded their Paris-based design firm in 1999, where they design architectural projects, large-scale art installations, furniture, rugs, tableware and home accessories.
Ton Valencia Chair
Industrial designers Alex Selma and Clara del Portillo met at an exhibition for young designers in 2004.
Knoll Cesca Chair
Three years after designing his iconic Wassily Chair, which is believed to be the first bent tubular steel chair design, Marcel Breuer created the Cesca Chair (1928).
Vitra Panton Chair
A 1999 revision to the classic Panton chair--and the last version authorized by Verner Panton. The plastic in this model has been completely re-engineered and molded out of a single piece of dyed polypropylene. It also has a matte surface (the 1959/60 original version has a glossy finish). Finally..
Vitra Prouvé Standard Chair
After opening his own workshop in 1923, Jean Prouvé began producing furniture of his own and collaborating with some of the best-known French designers of the day, including Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand.
HAY Hee Dining Chair
Inspiration can come from anywhere, and in the case of this chair by Hee Welling, it was a refrigerator. More specifically, the wire shelves inside the refrigerator caught the eye of this industrial designer.
Saarinen Executive Chair With Wood Legs
In his groundbreaking collection of 1957, Eero Saarinen transformed executive seating into a fluid, sculptural form. Comfortable and beautiful, the Saarinen Executive Chair with Wooden Legs is a silhouette that is a cornerstone of modern design.

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