Have A Seat! Chair Style Guide

When it comes to chairs there are so many out there. You might hear words like Eames, Queen Anne or Bentwood thrown around but have no idea what they mean!

I’ve done a bit of research for myself lately and thought I’d share the names (and some background) on various chair styles & designs.

Ball Chair

The Ball Chair was designed by Finnish furniture designer Eero Aarnio in 1963. The Ball Chair is also known as the globe chair and is famous for its unconventional shape. It is considered a classic of industrial design.

 

Bentwood/Thonet Chair

Bentwood objects are those made by wetting wood, then bending it and letting it harden into curved shapes and patterns.

The No 14 Chair & No 18 Chair by Thonet are the most common and well known bentwood Chairs.

 

Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Official titles are Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671)
They are Made of molded plywood and leather, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for the Herman Miller furniture company and released in 1956. It was the first chair that the Eames designed for a high-end market.

 

Barcelona chair

A modernist style chair designed in 1929

 

Club Chair

A club chair is a type of armchair, usually covered in leather. It was created and made in France.

 

Wishbone Chair

Designed in 1949 by Danish designer Hans Wegner.

 

Tolix Chair

This simple industrial metal chair was designed by Xavier Pauchard.

 

Eames DSW Chair

Another one from Ray & Charles Eames designed in 1948. DSW stands for Dining Side Wood.

Replicas of this chair are currently very popular.

 

Windsor Chair

A Windsor chair is a chair built with a solid wooden seat and the chair-back and legs pushed into a drilled hole in the seat.

 

Ladder Back Chair

I think this style is fairly self explanatory 🙂

 

Queen Anne

Queen Anne style furniture (Developed during and after the reign of Queen Anne of Great Britain) featured curved shapes such as the cabriole legs and cushioned seats

All images have been sourced from Houzz.

My Turquoise Chair

About a year ago I found this cute little chair on the side of the road in hard rubbish.
A year later I finally fixed it up to add to my mismatched dinning chairs.
Well actually I didn’t do much of the work. My sister-in-law wanted to use it at her wedding, so my parents, my sister-in-law and her mum are the ones really responsible.
The old seat was looking pretty gross and the chair was missing a few bits and had to be taken apart and glued back together.
While apart I sanded it down so that the paint would grip to the wood better.

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Once glued back together it was painted turquoise (a colour I’ve been adding into my house bit by bit lately) and rubbed back to reveal some of the wood and white undercoat – for that rustic look.

The seat was covered in some hessian, which was originally a temporary solution for the wedding and then I could decide what I wanted to use later. I really like the hessian though, so I’m keeping it 🙂

Here it is!

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You can only just see it down towards the end but here’s the chair at the wedding on the long tables which had random mismatched chairs mixed in.20140208-130937.jpg

And this is what it looks like around our dining table. Love it!

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5 Great Mismatched Chair Examples

I love mismatched chairs. It’s something I’m working towards in my own home. I have a few different ones but I’d like to improve it a bit.

Here’s some of my inspiration…

Love the mix of colours and mix of styles in the room. Sleek modern, retro & rustic. Mismatched Chairs 1        Source: Design Sponge

This one is very cute. Nice contrast between the colours of the chairs. Mismatched Chairs 2 Source: Design Inc

 

Great chairs – love them all wooden. Love the lights too!Mismatched Chairs 3 Source: At Home In Love

 

Mismatched Chairs 4

Source: Apartment Therapy

 

Sleek & modern kitchen with rustic mismatched chairs, makes the room fun!Mismatched Chairs 5 Source: From Scandanavia With Love