Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Mix it modern! Dining chairs

Mixing old and new is so fresh and modern. An old table with classics of modern design chairs make a dining area with edge and interest.

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Eames chairs are a great option, and in this dining room the old and new is mixed to perfection. I love the use of different colored chairs, a classically shaped table, and a big, bold antique mirror. 

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More Eames chairs! They look great at this French farmhouse table, along with their funky flowered cushions. The moody dark blues walls are a wonderful foil for the white chairs too!

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Wonderful streamlined chairs surrounding a glass topped table. More deep blue walls creating a moody, sexy atmosphere. 

The next auction July 13th at Stair Galleries has the theme of Modernism and is full of fun pieces! This set of 6 lucite champagne chairs designed by Erwine and Estelle Laverne make a perfect dining set. Place them around a warm wood table for a great mix of modern and old. These  are Lot 9 and have an auction estimate of $2,000 - $3,000.

This group of four lucite chairs on casters would work well in a small dining area around a round or square table. I would pick a warm wood to serve as a contrast to the clear lucite. These are Lot 41 in the Stair auction, and have an auction estimate of $1,000 - $1,500.

The Stair auction includes a group of 7 laminate and chrome Eames design chairs for Herman Miller. This design will always give you the cool design vibe around any table design. These are Lot 69 in the Stair auction, and have an estimate of $800 - $1,200. 

Wright Auctions in Chicago focuses solely on modern design. On July 13th they have a Mass Modern sale, which generally has the more affordable selections. This set of 5 enameled steel chairs designed by Harry Bertoia for Knoll (1952) would be a cool dining set. These are Lot 161 with an auction estimate of $1,000 - $1,500.

To recreate theelook of the top photo with Eames chairs of differnt colors, this auction would be a good place to start. They have a number of Eames chairs including this pair, and the following singles. These are Lot 213 and have an auction estimate of $500 - $700. They are for Herman Miller, 1951.

This orange Eames is Lot 213 with an auction estimate of $300 - $500. These are Herman Miller 1951. 

Add a yellow Eames version with this Lot 218 which has an auction estimate of $100 - $150. This is Herman Miller, 1958.

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One of the fun things about collecting Eames chairs of different colors is that you can be opportunistic at auctions. Start with one, and add to your 'set' over time. They will make almost any table look modern and fresh. Your guests will have a fun time choosing one to sit in!

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