Style Guide: Bistro Chairs
Source Houzz04-06-2012Leave a Comment

If you're looking for stylish dining chairs, take a virtual trip over to European bistros and cafés. The bistro chairs designed there have been ruling this category for more than 150 years. We've featured articles on a few of our favorites in the past, but I thought I'd make it easy and lasso them into one group so that you can choose a favorite. If you can't narrow it down to one, that's just fine; each of the following styles is so versatile that just about any mixed and matched collection is smashing.  

Bentwood chairs. Designed by Michael Thonet back in the 1850s, these chairs reign as the granddaddies of bistro chairs. Their gorgeous curves and sturdy functionality make them a home and restaurant staple that never goes out of style. There are many different iterations of the bentwood chair, some by Thonet and a plethora of imitations. The one you see above is the Bentwood Chair with Arch Brace.

 

This variation on the original bentwood chair is the Era chair. Reproductions are available in natural wood and in an array of bright colors. It is available with a caned or solid seat. 

 

These farmhouse-style café chairs were inspired by Thonet's original A150 Bentwood Chair. Williams-Sonoma has a similar chair called the Bosquet Side Chair, and Ballard Designs offers the Constance Chair.

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