Good Questions: Ethnic Table, Modern Chairs?

Good Questions: Ethnic Table, Modern Chairs?

Gregory Han
Dec 3, 2008

I'm fairly happy with the living room of my 1910 house with a modern interior. I may darken the green paint a bit at some point to a mossy tone, but I love the lightness. What doesn't work is the dining area. The faux fireplace and bad tile is its own issue, but I LOVE the table. It is a turn-of-the-century Indian piece. I could switch it out or change to another seating area (we don't use it much to eat, but I do not ever want to sell it, which entails getting a storage space. Can I integrate the table into a more eclectic/midcentury room (Angela Adams kenga rug, pineapple lamp table, Bertoia large diamond chair) by adding chairs which contrast in an effective way? And if so....which chairs??? Many many thanks! -Elizabeth

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Elizabeth, your query immediately made us think of our neighbor down the street: Maria's "Oh So You" Bungalow. In her case, she married a modern-minimal table with ethnic seating, and we think it came to be some of the finest details of her home, as the contrast between simple and ornate amplified each piece. In a similar sense, marrying a modern and simple chair against a traditionally ornate and ethnic table could look equally fantastic.

Our vote would be for the Kartell Victoria Ghost Chair, which gives a hint of the ornate and traditional, but is also transparent, giving the detailed table center stage.

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