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The Icons: Modern Side Chairs

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There are icons and then there are icons. We’re moving through the icons, our curated assortment of the best iconic and new modern designs, and we’re starting things off with the modern side chairs.

You’ll find that the icons are not only the designs themselves but their designers too. From Charles + Ray Eames, to Philippe Starck, these are classic modernist designs that have stood the test of time, and fresh introductions that have made their way onto the scene. These modern side chairs are perfect for mixing and matching and showing off your love for great design.

Philippe Starck knew what he was doing when he designed the Masters Chair for Kartell. With its sweeping curved lines that hit every point both high and low, this chair is a fusion of styles wrapped into one iconic piece.

Also from Philippe Starck for Kartell, is the iconic and elegant Louis Ghost Chair. A ghostly clear construction of this traditional chair has made Louis an instant classic. I have several of these around my dining room table and I absolutely adore them.

This chair isn’t a bunch of smoke and mirrors. The Smoke Dining Chair by Maarten Baas from Moooi goes through a unique process that leaves its frame burnt. It’s charred chic, and has an elegant, yet eerie design.

With its iconic curve and bright color options, the Panton Chair by Verner Panton from Vitra is a side chair staple. It just seems to hold you in just the right way. These chairs are fantastic for mingling modern design into a traditional space.

A midcentury modern classic from Knoll, the Tulip Armless Chair with Seat Cushion by Eero Saarinen has won countless awards, and it’s clear to see why. This modern side chair is pure and simple, and popping with plenty of mod vibes.

A personal favorite, the Bertoia Side Chair with Seat Cushion by Harry Bertoia from Knoll is light and airy. A few of these can really lighten up a heavy dining room and open up a smaller space.

Organic with a twist, Norman Cherner’s Cherner Armchair with Seat Pad has a curvaceous and contemporary silhouette. This chair deserves a place at the head of the table and has been on my personal wish list for a long time.

For all you midcentury modern lovers out there, nothing’s more family friendly than an Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair by Charles + Ray Eames, from Herman Miller. If you’re looking for a way to bring some fun pops of color into your space, these modern side chairs will do the trick nicely.

The look of a classic Windsor comb-back chair is given a modern facelift with Patricia Urquiola’s  Comback Chair, Wood Legs from Kartell.

Click here to see even more beautiful and iconic modern side chairs. And if you have any lingering questions, we’re always just a short phone call away, 866-314-0965.

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Kelly Tirman

After spending 10+ years living in a modern San Francisco loft, Kelly moved her family to a bungalow in the burbs. She now enjoys dreaming up home renovation and design projects in order turn her family's post-war cottage into the modern home of their dreams.