When I was growing up my grandparents used these classic wire side chairs on their patio, and while back then I found them as ugly as most of their other mid-century pieces, I couldn't deny that they were surprisingly comfortable. Now that my tastes have expanded a bit, I've come to appreciate their aesthetic versatility in most any setting. While today, it's quite common to find mid-century classics juxtaposed against classics from other eras — those familiar with our house tours are equally familiar with the Eames shells and loungers — there are few other MCM pieces, in my opinion, that mesh so seamlessly with other styles as Harry Bertoia's side chair.
They can play up the whimsy in a feminine setting, look playful and funky in a youthful space, or simply blend right in in a room filled with other MCM finds. Given their simple form, they aren't the attention-grabbers that their fiberglass and plastic counterparts are, but they have their own, more subtle charm.
Images: 1: Atlanta Bartlett, 2: Coastal Living, 3, 4, 6, 7: Domino, 5: Metropolitan Home, 8: Erik Johnson via Design Public, 9: House Beautiful