The Everyday Chair
Firstly, we need to consider if the chair we need is for everyday use like breakfasts, lunches and dinners with family. We ask a lot of this piece of furniture, it needs to be sturdy, easy to clean, very comfortable and look good. If we consider the amount of hours spent sitting in this chair, it’s a piece worth investing in.
On the other hand, we never just need one chair, so once we buy six or more, they can add up to cost more than the table. I know that my clients struggle with this, as the table just seems so much bigger. I get it. However consider all of the parts that make up the chair, and the time and labour to fabricate a single chair. This piece of furniture is something we directly interact with and just a few millimetres can make all the difference.
Here are a few fabulous options for the casual dining chair…
SIA by Tom Fereday for Nau
The backrest pivots make this Nau by Cult design deceptively comfortable. Designed by Tom Fereday and assembled in Sydney, it won the Mercedes-Benz Design Award in 2017. Bravo!
Fun Chair by Dowel Jones
The name (almost) says it all. Not only are these super cute, but they are also made in Melbourne and are cost effective. We’re ticking lots of boxes with this one. No need to go replica shopping here folks!
Kaki Chair by Jamie McLellan for Interior Base
The perfect chair for everyday or for the beach house (if you’re lucky). This cute rattan chair and its cousins are so on trend and are made by Feelgood Designs. Loads of personality and pretty well-priced too.
Halo Chair by SBW
I absolutely fell in love with this graphic chair when I first saw it, but was sceptical about the comfort. Well, I’m here to say that yes, it is actually comfortable. I have tried it and the arch supports your back nicely. Perfect for compact spaces too.
Standard Chair by Jean Prouve for Vitra
This playful, robust chair by French designer Jean Prouve for Vitra is a bold design piece that has stood the test of time. Constructed in steel and bent plywood, this is a hard-wearing classic that will last a lifetime. Available in Australia from Space.
No. 18 Thonet
The term ‘timeless’ gets thrown around a bit, however, I think it’s safe to say that Thonet chairs are absolutely timeless. In the 1840s the bentwood designs were entirely novel, elegant, lightweight, durable and comfortable – a complete departure from the heavy, carved designs of the past. It’s quite unbelievable that the aesthetic and functional appeal remains to this day.