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10 Modern Upholstered Dining Chairs

An upholstered, modern dining chair adds interesting texture and dimension to your decor. Choose from our range of styles, including contemporary, iconic classics and cutting-edge looks.

Saarinen Executive Chair with Wood Leg

Saarinen Executive Chair with Wood Leg from Knoll | YLiving
Saarinen Executive Chair with Wood Leg from Knoll

In his groundbreaking collection of 1957, Eero Saarinen transformed executive seating into a fluid, sculptural form. Comfortable and beautiful, the Saarinen Executive Chair with Wooden Legs is a silhouette that is a cornerstone of modern design. Saarinen’s classical training in sculpture and architecture is evident in this visually striking, modern open back chair. The Saarinen Executive Chair with Wooden Legs features a molded reinforced polyurethane shell and contoured plywood seat form. The urethane foam cushion is upholstered with matching full surround welt detail. Supported by wood legs available in several stained finishes.


Smoke Dining Chair

Smoke Dining Chair from Moooi | YLiving
Smoke Dining Chair from Moooi

Darkly distinctive, the Smoke Chair from designer Maarten Michael Bass is created by burning the chair frame — literally. The beauty and character of burned wood is now captured in a long lasting epoxy, creating the strange sensation of sitting on burnt furniture. Upholstered in luxurious black leather for a chair that as great to sit in as it is to look at.


Tosca Side Chair

Tosca Side Chair from Cattelan Italia | YLiving
Tosca Side Chair from Cattelan Italia

A luxury side chair with even-tempered personality, the Tosca Chair belongs in the most respected modern homes. While its supple upholstered leather seat showcases a neat and clean design, the artistically sculpted oak legs are simply classic. The hind legs slant in a fashionably eccentric way that demands attention. This Italian piece of art goes beautifully well with formal timber tables or glass-timber combination tables. Choose from a selection of wood lacquer and leather color and style options.


Chip Dining Chair

Chip Dining Chair from Blu Dot | YLiving
Chip Dining Chair from Blu Dot

Timeless design with just a splash of color makes the Chip Dining Chair perfect for any modern living space. The sturdy and wonderfully comfortable chair doesn’t aim to steal the show. Instead, it will complement your current home design and add wonderfully easy, beautiful seating to any room. Offered in a variety of wood types and upholstery colors.


Cherner Upholstered Armchair

Cherner Upholstered Armchair from Cherner | YLiving
Cherner Upholstered Armchair from Cherner

Norman Cherner’s iconic Cherner Upholstered Armchair remains as dramatic and relevant to the design world as when it was first introduced in the 1950s. The Cherner Upholstered Armchair adds tightly upholstered padding on the seat back and seat pan, offering contrast and added comfort to the curvaceous chair shell. Padding is offered in a range of fabric and leather options. 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.


Opera Chair – Leather

Opera Chair, Leather, Set of 2 from Domitalia | YLiving
Opera Chair, Leather, Set of 2 from Domitalia

Slide yourself into the sleek and contemporary, welcoming seat of the Opera Chair. Designed with a steel, upholstered frame and an inviting backrest that comfortably extends to envelop your body with an, overall, touch of glamor. Luxurious and charming, making this chair an addition to your home set up will, undoubtedly, enhance your arrangement.


Sami Chair

Sami Chair from Calligaris | YLiving
Sami Chair from Calligaris

The Sami Chair is a fun and modern alternative to the typical chair. Detailed with a quilted, hexagonal patter and contrasting cross-stitches along the edges, and supported by a wood base, the fresh design of the chair is one that cannot be matched. Whether placed in the dining room, the kitchen, or anywhere else in your home, the chair will enhance any situation thought its bold and stylish design.


MUSE Side Chair

MUSE Side Chair from Jane Hamley Wells | YLiving
MUSE Side Chair from Jane Hamley Wells

Whimsical design and refined, handcrafted construction make for an inspiring seating series in MUSE. Long, slender legs are made of solid wood and are available in a variety of finishes, while classic, tufted button detail add charm. The backrest features a slight curvature for comfortable cradling. A designer favorite, MUSE is designed to withstand heavy use in high-end hotels and commercial spaces, and will enjoy many, worry-free years of use in your home.


Langham Dining Chair

Langham Dining Chair from Modloft | YLiving
Langham Dining Chair from Modloft

Pair mid-century flare with modern dining tables by adding the Langham Dining Chair. With a bucket style seat, Langham is created from fiberglass and teak veneered steel legs. The chair is completed with a padded seat in oatmeal fabric. Bring modern curves to the dining room with the Langham Dining Chair.


Slip-U Dining Chair

Slip-U Dining Chair from Saloom Furniture | YLiving
Slip-U Dining Chair from Saloom Furniture

The Slip-U Dining Chair appears lightweight and sleek thanks to Saloom’s clean, angular design. Slip-U Dining Chair is ergonomically friendly and features a ply shell bucket that will flex to provide exceptional comfort. The chair seat sits atop a solid wood chair base that is reinforced with mitered and mortise and tenon joints. Slip-U Chair is available in a variety of wood finishes and fabric options.

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Jennifer Harford

Jennifer Harford

Jennifer is a Senior Site Merchandiser at YLiving and an interior design major dropout. With a passion for design, but a total lack of CAD skills, she went on to a career in metal working at SDSU. In her free time Jennifer enjoys reading Sci-Fi novels, hiking the Bay Area wilderness, and obsessing over Game of Thrones.

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