Just One Word, Plastics: 16 Practical & Playful Plastic Dining Chairs

Just One Word, Plastics: 16 Practical & Playful Plastic Dining Chairs

Catrin Morris
Apr 30, 2012
In The Graduate, Mr. McGuire tells Benjamin, "I just want to say one word to you. Just one word ... Plastics." Ahh, plastics: those synthetic or semi-synthetic organic solids that are moldable, sturdy and easy to clean — three qualities that come in mighty handy when it comes to dining chairs. How earth-friendly are plastic chairs? Well, it depends. Many are made from polypropylene, which can be heat softened and recycled. Many of the chairs below come in a variety of colors and can be used indoors and out. Most would look terrific in a modern or contemporary dining room, and some could be used for daring contrast in a more traditional or eclectic setting. You can have a field day mixing and matching shapes and colors, as well. While some of these are quite pricey, none exceeds $500. Which plastic chairs have we missed? Which are your favorites? 16 Plastic Chairs FIRST ROW 1 Eames molded plastic chairs from Design Within Reach. Made with Injection-molded batch-dyed polypropylene. Prices vary. A wide selection of bases available. 2 Masters from Ultra Modern. Modified batch-dyed polypropylene, $244. 3 Lizz chair from Design Within Reach. Made with Batch-colored technopolymer, $285. 4 Victoria ghost chair from Design Within Reach. Designed by Philippe Starck for Kartell. Made with single piece injection-molded transparent or batch-dyed polycarbonate. $330. SECOND ROW 5 Luna by Papatya from Ultra Modern. Polypropylene with a transparent polycarbonate back, $239. 6 Mr Incredible from Hive Modern. POlycarbonate, $448. 7 Petite chair from CB2. Hi-gloss white formed Hirek® plastic seat, $169. 8 Urban from IKEA. Chair from reinforced polypropylene and feet made with synthetic rubber, $39.99. THIRD ROW 9 Supernatural chair from Hive Modern. Fiberglass reinforced polypropylene, $230. 10 Nelson swag leg from Room and Board. Polypropylene, $499. 11 Lisboa side chair from Design Within Reach. Made from Polypropylene; fiberglass, $120. 12 Papyrus from Hive Modern. Transparent or smooth batch-dyed polycarbonate, $349. FOURTH ROW 13 Ultra Bellini from Hive Modern. Nylon polymer, $275. 14 Thalya at Hive Modern. Polycarbonate, $293. 15 Panton chair by Vitra from Hive Modern. Made from fibreglass reinforced polypropylene dyed through with a matte surface, $295. 16 Spark side chair from Design Within Reach. Made with UV-resistant, glass-reinforced polypropylene, $171. (Images: As credited above.)
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