The best outdoor chair lineup has been seriously shaken up by the recession. Chairs are gone, new ones have appeared and prices are in flux. Below are my top picks for the new season with a few nice picks by readers as well. This list SHOULD be longer. Please add your recommendations to the comments.
>> Grasshopper Chair by Weiki Somers (€222) - My current favorite unique design.
>> The Luxembourg Side Chair by Frederic Sofia - $250 - I have a sweet spot for this chair since I saw it first in Paris five years ago, but I get a little scared they're too industrial for a home. The silver color would probably be best.
>> Ipanema Chair from CB2 - $79.95 (on sale now) - This was Sara's first choice on color, quality and price. The chair is comfortable and surprisingly heavy, which means to me that it's well made and should last a long time.
>> Folding Bistro Paris Park Chairs - $141 - This is what we have had for a long time now, and recently refurbished by sanding and polyurethaning. You can find these chairs here: American Country Home Store and Cafe Society.
>> The Rex Chair from CB2 - $70 - I still like this one. It's really comfortable, durable, cheap and light (note: a commenter from last year has said it was problematic for sitting up to a table).
>> The Bellini Chair by Heller - $150 - This chair took us by surprise a few years back because it was so comfortable and indestructible. Used to be $99; it's gone up a bit.
>> Marais Chair - $250 (on sale now for $212) & Tolix Cafe Chair - $225 (On sale now for $199!) - These are also on Sara Kate's top pick list, but they ain't cheap for very low manufacture style. Although the colors draw me in, I like the plain zinc finish best.
>> Blanko Chair from IKEA - $19 - another colorful, simple, pleasing design from the Swedish giant with an insane price.
>> Facto Stacking Side Chair - $340 - These are another new find, with an interesting European MidC Modern shape.
>> Sienna Chair from Smith & Hawken - $141 and up - Gone with the close of S&H unfortunately. If anyone can find these now, please let me know in the comments. They're great.
And here's one sent in by a reader and friend, Meg H:
"We got these for outside and love them, nice mix of contemporary and teak: Broadway stacking arm chair Broadway stacking arm chair by Sir Robin Day, manufactured by old-time UK teak company Lister. Nice sale price, though still expensive but investment for long-term."
"Check out IKEA TARNO folding chairs. They are very close to the Folding Bistro Paris Park Chairs but much cheaper ($15 apiece)." - posted by manjari