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Top Ten: Charming Outdoor Dining Chairs

Aside from the beaches beckoning us for a warm spring break, many of us have switched into dream mode, eager for summer weather. So let’s face it: when the bright, springlike colors hit retail racks, it’s time that our patio furniture gets dusted off - or if you’re really lucky, replaced by a set of chairs that will have your neighbors studying mid-century modernism before the first barbecue of the season. In this week’s Top Ten list, we celebrate the most Charming Outdoor Dining Chairs with an emphasis on original designs to leave you stammering for sunshine.

Top Ten: Charming Outdoor Dining Chairs.

Colorful, Durable Designs of Outdoor Dining Chairs in a Wide Range of Modern Styles

Top Ten: Charming Outdoor Dining Chairs.

1. Bertoia Side
DESIGNER: Harry Bertoia
MANUFACTURER: Knoll
PRICE: $539- 698
Dimensions: 29”H x 22”W x 20”D

Famous for his use of industrial steel rods with “an airy feel”, Harry Bertoia created the Bertoia Side chair after getting to know Florence and Hans Knoll at the Cranbook Academy of Art. Together, they made the 1952 Bertoia Seating Collection that has become a staple in mid-century furniture design since manufacturing began in Italy over fifty years ago.

Top Ten: Charming Outdoor Dining Chairs.

2. Wave
MANUFACTURER: Brown Jordan
PRICE: Available upon request
Dimensions: 36”H x 24”W x 29”D

A modern streamlined approach to outdoor patio seating, the Wave chair by Brown Jordan is known for its resemblance to an ergonomic task chair and inviting nature. Its perfect proportions and contoured seat is made of extruded aluminum with parabolic mesh and comes in several colors.

Top Ten: Charming Outdoor Dining Chairs.

3. Vegetal
DESIGNER: Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec
MANUFACTURER: Vitra
PRICE: $635
Dimensions: 32”H x 23.75”W x 21.75”D

Made in Germany by Vitra, the Vegetal chair by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec is a organic design masterpiece. “Our task as designers is to find new structures and new forms of construction. This chair is not just a motif - it is a structure,” says Ronan Bouroullec of the chair’s plant-like form which is stackable and made for indoor or outdoor use with its polyamide dyed plastic throughout.

Top Ten: Charming Outdoor Dining Chairs.

4. Cielo
MANUFACTURER: Neoteric Home
PRICE: Available upon request
Dimensions: n/a

With an appealing base that rounds elegantly, the Cielo chair had our attention at first glance. Not only is the woven chair made to match its bistro table, it’s created using high quality Sunbrella outdoor fabrics with a weave that can withstand any climate. In many different colors and configurations, Neoteric Home shines with this example of some of their finest work.

Top Ten: Charming Outdoor Dining Chairs.

5. A56 Perforated
DESIGNER: Xavier Pauchard
MANUFACTURER: Tolix
PRICE: $525
Dimensions: 18.1”W x 17.7”L x 28.3”H

Bright colors set apart the A56 Perforated chair by Xavier Pauchard for Tolixx. Beside the chair’s knack for sturdy transparency with the added challenge of perforation - which might have weakened its overall strength - Tolix created what they call the “classic twist” to the Marais Collection from 1934 in both an indoor and outdoor version, with plentiful options.

Top Ten: Charming Outdoor Dining Chairs.

6. Pinn
DESIGNER: Lino Codato
MANUFACTURER: LCC Italia
PRICE: Available upon request
Dimensions: 31.5”H x 20.5”W x 21.3”D

In a soft hazelnut and in a nougat color, the Pinn dining chair with arms was created by Lino Codato for LCC Italia. Using a 7 mm (0.27”) thick synthetic wicker, the weave of this thick piece of outdoor seating appears lightweight due to the color and material, but the chromed steel that brings out its classy structure will keep it from blowing over on windy afternoons.

Top Ten: Charming Outdoor Dining Chairs.

7. Patio
MANUFACTURER: Ligne Roset
PRICE: Available upon request
Dimensions: 32.75”H x 20- 21.25”W x 21.25”D

Made from a beech multi-ply that is stained in natural, pearwood or dark brown, the Patio chair by Ligne Roset can also be upholstered in fabric. It’s elegant nature of its silhouette speaks to Ligne Roset’s consistency in creating classy pieces since 1860.

Top Ten: Charming Outdoor Dining Chairs.

8. Kong
DESIGNER: Philippe Starck
MANUFACTURER: Emeco
PRICE: $1,325- 2,620
Dimensions: 34.5”H x 15.5”W x 18”D

While the Kong chair resembles no part of the Kong doy popular among our furry friends, the hand-polished dining chairs by Philippe Starck for Emeco are worked on for eight hours to get their natural patina perfect. Originally developed for a Chinese restaurant in Paris, they are each made using 24 pieces of aluminum.

Top Ten: Charming Outdoor Dining Chairs.

9. Chair 6
MANUFACTURER: Lebello
PRICE: Available upon request
Dimensions: 18.1”H

In a cut-out back or solid back, the Chair 6 outdoor dining chair by Lebello is a modern chair that uses Sunbrella material with an aluminum frame and a stainless steel sledge base. Suitable for indoors as well as out, the Chair 6 can also come with an optional open weave design, and is perfectly suited for everything from residential breakfast tables to contract projects.

Top Ten: Charming Outdoor Dining Chairs.

10. Vignelli
DESIGNER: Lella and Massimo Vignelli
MANUFACTURER: Heller
PRICE: $600
Dimensions: 35-7/16”H x 30-11/16”L x 22-1/4”D

Loud and beautiful, the solid look of the Vignelli chair by Lella and Massimo Vignelli for Heller is considered a “classic” by many. With a gently sloping back and molded form, the Vignelli is made using UV- and weather-resistant resin that can be used indoors or outdoors for long-lasting race in the residential to the commercial.

Hope you enjoyed our roundup of the Top Ten Charming Outdoor Dining Chairs!

Top Ten articles publish every Tuesday. Email 3rings@designerpages.com if there’s a category you’d like to see.

Posted March 6th, 2012 by Sonja Hall


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