8 Types Of Classic Chair Styles For The Dining Area

By on August 15, 2014

Sure. The modernization bug has hit interior design fanatics long ago. But modern home design is not something that everyone have a tasteful impression of.

This is especially when your design idea has nothing to do with the minimalistic theme that is being over indulged these days.

For many people, classic is golden. It is classy, less risky, and above all, not a loud design that screams “look at me”.

As the dining room area is one of the places that has the most exposure, it is fitting that you should have chairs that blend into your theme and dining table.

Here are 8 classic chair styles that are still very popular, even against the test of time.

1) Bentwood

As the name suggest, Bentwood uses furniture that are bent using steam and pressure.

This achieves highly curved final products that leave people thinking that the curved are cut out instead of bended. The curves are usually most prominent on chair backings that leaves no sharp edges exposed. Making it sort of child-friendly.

The celebrity of this design went up a notch when cabinet maker, Michael Thonet, created the “Chair number 14”. The orders and production numbers of this chair was unheard of in those days. It was inevitable that it became known as the “king of chairs”.

chippendale dining room chair

Chippendale

2) Chippendale

No, I am not referring to the buff dance troupe that goes around the globe parading their top physique wearing a bow-tie.

This is the name of a style which was named after the master furniture maker, Thomas Chippendale.

The weird and audacious fusion of Chinese, Goth, and French design flair did not turn out like a disastrous plastic surgery gone wrong.

In fact, it took the world by storm in the mid 1700s. The trademark of a chair incorporating this design is the claw-balled foot.

3) Danish

The mid-century craze over Danish design furniture was spearheaded by Hans Wegner.

In fact the longevity of this design is so impressive that even furniture mass produced today looks awfully similar to the original Danish designs. So much for evolution in creativity.

Although there is not a hallmark characteristic that separates them from other designs, you will still be able to pick out it’s identity in any furniture shop.

That is one timeless aspect to build into a chair.

4) Federal

The American Federal Period lasted approximately from 1729 to 1823. During this time, the fever was for furniture with delicate man-made symmetry.

It is a style also characterized by motif back patterns featuring hearts, shield, and even basic rectangles.

This creates a nice blend of design variations that is difficult not to admire. It’s like making a delicious salad with all your favorite ingredients in it.

You will see a flurry of these furniture used in Hollywood films that depict this period of time.

5) Mission

What happens when you make practicality a key focus in stylish furniture design?

You get Mission furniture.

The concept is to put as much practicality into making furniture without forgetting the importance of style.

It is associated with the arts and crafts movement that really gathered pace in the late ninetieth century. But if you value style over substance, this will probably not cut it for you.

6) Modern plywood

Modern shapes started taking over the furniture world during the 1940s. Basic conventional shapes started to look very attractive when applied to table tops, chairs, bed frames, etc.

Basics applied to design tend to be tenseless even in merchandise we find today.

Motifs and designs started to really look old-fashioned when used on furniture. The shapes that chairs take up are achieved from the process of molding. This makes streamlining mass production lines very effective.

7) Shaker

This is not an obvious name you give for dependable furniture. Most people would preferably want a steady set of table and chairs rather than a set that is shaky.

But instability has nothing to do with how Shaker furniture works.

The name struck when a religious sec (Shakers) made huge contributions to the evolution of American furniture design. The distinctive style of furniture is characterized by functional form while leaving out any form of ornamentation.

This combination reveals the beauty of simple proportions and lines.

Windsor

8) Windsor

This name was given because furniture of this specific design style were produced in Windsor, England, in the 1600s.

The hallmark of the design is characterized by stick legs with spindles embedded into a plank seat.

Chair backings have distinctive “bars” that few people will misinterpret. The modern day versions of furniture incorporating this design can blend into almost any theme you are building.



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