Today we’re picking out our favourite retro dining chairs, with an emphasis on furniture inspired by pieces from the 1950s and 1960s – seating that is minimal in design but big on style. Join us as we present our five favourites, each of them available from an online retailer near you!
Hester Blue Wooden Stackable Dining Chair – £95, Habitat
Reminiscent of our old schoolchairs (or maybe we’re just very old) with its simple shape and curved wooden seat and back rest, the Hester dining chair is – like the seating of our youth – stackable. It sets oak veneer against powder-coated legs and screws in a bright blue colour, though it is also available in versions with red, white, charcoal and green legs, as well as in the blue variety pictured here.
Pair of Palma Dining Chairs in Purple – £179.99 (was £199.99), Very.co.uk
A bestseller for Very.co.uk, this pair of Palma dining chairs are a real bargain with over twenty quid off their original price tag. Each chair stands on four splayed oak-coloured legs and the seats are upholstered in a brushed, super-soft purple-coloured fabric that’s studded with four fabric-covered buttons. These beautiful Scandi-style chairs are also available in dark grey, should that be a better fit for your dining room decor.
Pair of Retro Wooden Dining Chairs – £313.98, Home Etc
We love the exquisite curves of these funky retro dining chairs from Home etc, which have been manufactured from moulded plywood stained in medium oak, a rich mid-brown colour. This stylish pair combine comfort, style, design and sturdiness, with curved seats and backrests resting on elegant frames. They’re also available with light oak and dark oak finishes and one of them is bound to work in your dining area.
Industrial Faux Leather Retro Stitch Dining Armchair (Pair) – £340, Classic Furniture
Industrial style is as popular as ever, so the functional and sturdy metal frame of this pair of dining armchairs from Classic Furniture is sure to be a hit with admirers of quality furniture. The seat and armrests of these chairs are made from faux leather in a mid-brown colour which has been topstitched in a series of parallel lines edged with a semi-circular shape. A version without armrests is also available.
Yellow Area 51 Dining Chair (Set of 4) – £372, Calligaris
This Area 51 chair is part of a collection of luxury furniture from Calligaris. It’s made from polypropylene and this and the fact its striking design has a water drain hole built in means you can take this chair outdoors if you wish. Made with air-moulding technology, it comes in a variety of finishes – sky blue, matt optic white, red, light green, orange and taupe – as well as in this mustard yellow version, and each is supplied as a set of four.