Design Dilemma: Dining Chairs that Stack Up


Where can I find modern wooden chairs for my dining room with some oomph? I like the clean, modern style, but am looking for a little bit of personality, too.
 —Kate, Sacramento, CA

Sleek stacking chairs are a great way to update an existing piece of furniture (in your case a dining table) thanks to their streamlined shape and the fact that they can come in various colors. But the style (think top-tier design greats like Charles Eames and manufacturers such as Knoll) can be intimidating. Here are some fresh options to get you started.

CB2’s Academy Chair is at the top of my recommendation list. I love the red-orange laminated panels paired with chrome legs. they would really pop around a dining table with a dark stain. And, it’s hard to beat $129 per chair. (But then again, check out the third option below).

Another no-nonsense stunner is Design Within Reach’s new Grand Prix dining chair.  Designed by legend Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, this show-pony with a molded plywood seat goes for $617 depending on wood selection. It debuted at the Danish Museum of Art and Design in 1957. But, as luck would have it, you can get your hands on one, too.

It’s impossible to miss the artful steel legs on Zuo Modern’s High Wire dining chair ($126). Again, a total steal. And, the glossy look creates a sharp contrast when paired with a raw, unfinished piece like a rustic farm table.

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