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Top 10 Modern Wood Dining Chairs

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From timeless icons to new favorites, our handpicked selection of modern wood dining chairs will instantly add warmth and contemporary elegance to your dining area.
Cherner Armchair from The Cherner Chair Company

Norman Cherner’s classic armchair is a midcentury icon found in design collections worldwide. Reissued in exacting detail from the original drawings and molds, the armchair combines the best of both molded plywood and solid bent wood construction resulting in a structurally superior chair which is both dramatic and elegant with a sweeping sculptural form. The Cherner Armchair is made to last, to cherish and to hand down to future generations.

Nerd Chair from Muuto

The Nerd Chair boasts a clever design with an innovative integration between the chair’s seat and back. While Nerd stands out as a very personal and distinct interpretation of an all-wood chair, the overall expression, material and craftsmanship all have references to classic Scandinavian design values. Elements such as its precise detailing and an distinguished silhouette giving Nerd an iconic character that integrates into many modern interiors with ease. Select a natural oak or colorful lacquered ash wood finish.

Fan Dining Chair from Tom Dixon

The Fan Dining Chair is a dramatic companion to dining tables from simple to spectacular. This sculptural take on the traditional British Windsor Chair is adapted, in this version, to a dining side with a fanned spindle back and base. The birch or oak wood machined construction features a unique circular footing, adding to its sculptural depth.

Eames® Molded Plywood Dining Chair with Wood Legs from Herman Miller

Designers Charles and Ray Eames established their long and legendary relationship with Herman Miller in 1946 with this boldly original molded plywood dining chair featuring wooden legs. Since then, the aesthetic integrity, enduring charm, and comfort of the dining chair and its counterpart lounge chair have earned them recognition as the best of modern design. The Molded Plywood Dining Chair with Wood Legs is offered in six new finish colors. These environmentally friendly aniline stains allow the wood’s natural characteristics to show through.

Link Dining Chair from Lapalma

A unique interpretation of the traditional dining chair, the Link Dining Chair features a molded plywood shell split down the back to form two wings – giving off a light and airy feel. A small metal element links together the two sides to increase stability and support of the backrest while maintaining the integrity of the design.

Kinoki Chair from LAGO

The Kinoki Chair exemplifies a fusing of east-west design, with its sleek modern wire frame and soft angular three-piece back. The seat and backrest of the Kinoki Chair are made of LAGO wildwood oak, warmly rustic yet infinitely light and modern. It pairs well with most modern dining tables, perfect for any home.

Estelle Side Chair from Copeland Furniture

The Estelle Side Chair is sculptural in its styling, highlighting the beauty of the material as much as the chair’s unique form. Crafted in FSC-certified cherry or American black walnut hardwood in a range of finish options, this side chair features a split detail running the vertical length of its slender back, with a shaped seat pan for the ultimate in seated comfort, and angled, tapered legs.

Church Chair from Gus* Modern

Inspired by the functional seating used in gathering rooms at churches, schools and public buildings, the Church Chair is a stylish stacking chair. Made of molded plywood, the Church Chair is a sturdy alternative to other stacking chairs on the market. A steel frame with a powder-coated finish lends a modern look to a classic chair.

Standard Chair from Vitra

Reminiscent of a school chair, the Standard Chair was designed to bear the strain of the user’s body. Tubular steel piping makes up the two front legs, while the voluminous and hollow back legs pass any strain on to the floor. Clever in design and friendly on the eyes, the Standard Chair remains comfortable without compromising its appearance.

Chair 66 from Artek

Alvar Aalto strived to create simple designs, “undecorated” and in harmony with human beings. His Chair 66 features the bent wood legs characteristic of Artek seating. A solid seat surface showcases a clean line and the natural grain of birch wood. Offered in eight finishes.

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Yvette is, currently, one of the Assistant Site Merchandisers under YLiving. Due to her background in art history and experience in interior design, she has a high appreciation for all types of artistry and design. During her off hours, she enjoys oogling cute animals, reading, traveling, following blogs, and enjoying the quirks of California's Bay Area.