I really like these chairs — traditional French bistro chairs. They're the sort of thing you fall in love with when visiting France and vow to yourself that you'll have them one day in your kitchen — but you never follow through. Why? Because, they are expensive and REALLY hard to find. Let us help you.
Over the past five years, I've found a number of sources. They range from the expensive original to the affordable knock-off. So, if you ever had a hankering, here's your chance. This is all the info you need.
>> Maison Gatti Bistro Chairs: Made by Maison Gatti since 1920 these are constructed out of rattan and Rilsan, a natural polymer made of castor oil. They come in tons of shapes from stool to chair to armchair to lounge and in any color or weave you want. They also cost. Prices start at $685 per chair. Available through Annick de Lorme in NYC and through Cafe Society in the Bay Area.
>> Poitoux Rattan Chairs: These are also one of the top brands in France. Made of nylon and rattan, these come in many different shapes and color combinations. We found them through their US distributor, Glacseat.com in Connecticut.
>> French Bistro Chairs by American Rag: "Bring that French cafe feeling into your home" with these French style chairs made in Italy! From Los Angeles' American Rag's French shop, Masion Midi, with cane wood and nylon, these simple copies aren't bad for $200.
>> Rollhaus at seatingproducts.com: The guys in NYC sell decent knockoffs to restaurants. They stock a complete line of these chairs in many styles and colors which substitute a soft plastic for the seat material. (@ $100 per chair)
>> "Real French Rattan Cane Collection" from DecorMore.com: This site is a new find - bistro chairs with nice designs in rattan and PVC that start at $125. They specialize in outfitting restaurants.
>> "Wingate Rattan Barstools" from Pottery Barn: New from PB, these are fairly straightforward and come in 26-inch and 30-inch heights, $300 each.
>> Aluminum Bamboo Look Bistro Chair: Here you go, lowballing it and super strong with a metal frame. These are @ $85 and probably the ones in the top pic I saw in the cafe this morning. "The beauty of Bamboo with the convenience of aluminum." From SeatingExpert.com.
From Our Readers:
How about a rattan bistro high chair? this was is Paris - custom made for this bistro near Les Halles.
Sent by Joanne F. of NYC
Image: #5 and in top collage - Poitoux Rattan Chairs by Francesco Lagnese/House Beautiful