Proof that IKEA’s TOBIAS Chair Works With Any Style

updated May 3, 2019
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Half the fun of flipping through the glossy pages of a furniture catalog is fantasizing about the bed, sofa or chair living in your own home. But it can be tough to envision the design in your space when your home’s style doesn’t quite match the impeccably styled look on the page. So abandon the catalog and check out these gorgeous real-life homes. This contemporary dining chair is sleek, shapely, easy-to-clean and most importantly…versatile!

It might not have a lot of history to it, but IKEA’s TOBIAS Chair is a surprisingly stylish choice when you’re looking for a modern and versatile chair that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Available in a clear, gray or lilac plastic material, you can snag one for only $79. Perhaps best of all, it can be cleaned with just a rag and some water. And as you’ll see in the dining rooms below, it may have undeniable contemporary lines, but it can look great in just about any style.


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In Tiffany’s Modern Meets Sentimental New Orleans home, the cantilevered leg of the TOBIAS chair complements the vintage chairs, while the chrome-plated and plastic finishes match the vibes of the industrial modern lighting.


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The plastic material has a glossy finish, fitting in perfectly in the dining room of Dominic’s Glamorous West Hollywood Studio.


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Featuring a seamless seat and no arms, the TOBIAS chair works well with a room that leans minimal, yet elegant. This dining room spotted in a Beautiful Budapest Apartment.


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The translucent, futuristic feel, the sleek lines and thin profile of the TOBIAS chair make a modern addition to any modern dining room, like the one in Edmund & Heidi’s Montreal home.

Rustic Modern:

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It’s the stark difference between surfaces that can make the TOBIAS chair work so well in a rustic modern space, where the earthy textures of natural accessories can contrast beautifully with the clear, sleek material of the chair. The dining area above spotted in Brian & Brad’s Artfully Modern Apartment.

Vintage retro:

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The TOBIAS chair, while not vintage, can still totally give off retro vibrations, particularly when you choose the lilac (above) or gray colors. In the right setting, like in Jo’s Understated Retro Rock Style Melbourne home, it’s reminiscent of the smoked glass trends of previous decades.

IKEA’s TOBIAS chair is $79.

Love the look of a modern, plastic dining chair but want something with a little more history to it? Check out this post → The Surprising Classic Chair That Can Work With Any Decor Style