Good Questions: Dining Chairs to Match or Contrast With This Table?

Good Questions: Dining Chairs to Match or Contrast With This Table?

Maxwell Ryan
Dec 14, 2006

Hello AT,

I just got this great teak dining table from Baxter & Liebchen (the picture I'm sending isn't the actual table, but it's close enough), but am totally stumped about dining chairs. Our floors are a medium stain (American Chestnut) that is very close to the table stain and I'm thinking that the chairs might be a good opportunity to bring in some color and material contrast.

I would like something simple, space efficient (the table is only 54" when not extended and we'd like six chairs), comfortable, and not more than $200 per chair (preferably less)...

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Some of my ideas include the Boxy and the Radius at Room and Board, Karim Rashid's Skool Chair, and the B-Pop from DWR -- but I'm not in love with any of them. I actually also like the Eames Eiffel plastic side chair from DWR, but I already have the Eames rocker in white in the (adjacent)living room, and I think it's possible to have too much of a good thing. I'm hoping some of you clever people might have a better idea.

Thanks! K

Dear K: You're on the right track! All of your instincts and concerns are valid. We've added links to the designs you are considering and we're sure the AT community will have opinions of their own! We are a bit concerned with all the wood (which is why we chose the striped b-pop!) As the owner of a teak dining table in a small space, we like the idea of white wire Bertoia chairs. Great contrast, but as you can see through them, they don't take up a lot of visual space. While new reproductions are pricey, they pop up on craigslist and ebay frequently for a lot less. .. —aaron

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