As I wrote about earlier in the week, I am currently working on a design plan for a dining room for a lovely young family.
Martine Chair at Restoration Hardware - 25"w x 28"d x 39", seat height 19"
I had previously used a pair of these chairs in a bay window seating area in a formal living room.
And so, it was hugely disappointing to find out that Restoration Hardware had changed the legs to be a more rough hewn oak, dark or light stained, as opposed to the original refined dark stained finish. These new legs, which are intended to go with their new "Belgian industrial" style I guess, are pretty ridiculous looking on such a nice chair. And so began a lot of research for suitable alternates. I figured since I'd done so much research on these chairs, I'd do a little roundup of what I found.
Of course, the leader of the pack, and the chair the rest are just hoping to be, is the Thomas Pheasant dinging chair for Baker Furniture. Gorgeous. Pricey, but gorgeous. One thing I particularly liked about this chair is the narrower dimension. It's 5 inches narrower than the RH version. A good thing to take note of if space is at a premium. Another lovely aspect of the Baker chair is that the fabric is COM (Customer's Own Material), so the look is fully customizable. Something not possible with the RH chair. Although I prefer a quieter fabric so that the shape and detailing truly stands out, one could certainly go a little crazy with pattern.
Dining Chair #7841 by Thomas Pheasant for Baker Furniture - dimensions 20"w x 24"d x 36"h, seat height 18.5"
The Gentry chair at Ballard Furniture is a well priced version of the chair. The shape isn't as graceful and the legs are a little too thick, but for the price, the look is there, complete with nail head and the ring on the back. In addition to Ballard's large fabric selection, they also accept COM.
Gentry Chair at Ballard Designs - 22-1/2"w x 25-1/2" x 37h, seat height 20"
The Regis chair from Artistic Frame has a similar profile to the above chairs, but lacks the graceful look of the narrower front view. This is sort of the thicker, less flashy cousin to the Baker chair. Still good looking, but a little too stolid and sedentary looking.
Regis Chair at Artistic Frame - 22-1/2"w x 27-1/2d x 35-1/2"h, seat height 18-1/2"
(thanks for the tip Gwen at Ragland Hill Social)
The Margo Chair by Candice Olsen for Norwalk Furniture is a decent alternative. The splayed back legs and some panache and the nailhead highlights the graceful curve of the wings as they wrap around. The back height is higher than the RH and Baker chairs, but this chair still seems a little stumpy to me.
The Margo chair from Candice Olson for Norwalk Furniture - 25"w x 27"d x 38"h, seat height
(thanks for the tip Carol Ann at CAM-Design Interiors)
And finally, there is the Brooke Dining chair from Z Gallerie. Perhaps it's the dead on view of the chair, but the tufting seems to form a bullseye that I find a little distracting. But, the shape of the legs is lovely.
Z Gallerie Brooke Dining Chair - 24"w x 28"d x 38"h
And so, with all of this research, which chair has been chose? Actually, I'm not sure yet. I'll post it when I know it!
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