Design Guide: Bistro Chairs

If you’re searching for stylish dining chairs, take a virtual trip more than Western bistros and cafés. The bistro chairs made there were ruling this category for at least 150 decades. We’ve featured articles on a few of our favorites before, but I thought I would make it easy and lasso them into a single group so you can select a favorite. If you can not narrow it down to a single, that is just fine; every one of these styles is so flexible that just about any combined and matched collection is smashing.

Schranghamer Design Group, LLC

Bentwood chairs. Produced by Michael Thonet back in the 1850s, these chairs predominate as the granddaddies of bistro chairs. Their gorgeous curves and sturdy performance make them a house and restaurant staple that never goes out of style. There are many different iterations of the bentwood chair, some by Thonet along with an array of imitations. The one you see above is the Bentwood Chair with Arch Brace.

Ben Herzog

This variant on the original bentwood chair is the Era seat. Reproductions can be found in natural wood and also in an array of vivid colors. It is available with a caned or solid seat.

Brian Watford Interiors

These farmhouse-style café chairs were motivated by Thonet’s original A150 Bentwood Chair. Williams-Sonoma includes a similar seat called the Bosquet Side Chair, and Ballard Designs offers the Constance Chair.

Dreamy Whites

Classic folding French bistro chairs are portable and light, and will fold up for storage or be carried out to the terrace or garden easily. Blogger Maria of Dreamy Whites utilizes them as the ideal seating to match with her Scandinavian/shabby chic aesthetic.

TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design

If you hanker for modern over shabby chic, don’t dismiss this style of bistro seat. Chartreuse provides these folding bistro chairs all of the modern design they need to fit in at a modern farmhouse.

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Summerour Architects

The armchair version is a sturdier and more comfortable version, and it has rustic French farm appeal. These chairs (available at have a similar look.

The Marais A Chair. Produced by French metalworker Xavier Pauchard back in the 1930s, this seat’s classic industrial style has never been popular.

BiglarKinyan Design Planning Inc..

While the galvanized metal in gunmetal grey has big industrial allure, the vivid colors it comes in are extremely appealing.

Boor Bridges Architecture

The Praque seat. This industrial seat brings in more flair, with a few extra curves plus a lighter shape.

Scot Eckley, Inc..

Let’s pause for a tiny folding bistro/Marais mashup. The mixture of wood and metal ties this dining room together beautifully.

Woven French bistro chairs. Observe the chairs in their natural habitat, on the sidewalks of Collioure, France.

Studio William Hefner

Once woven from Nile river reeds, the chairs are most commonly composed of rattan and rilsan today.

Tim Barber Ltd Architecture

These chairs work well in traditional, transitional, eclectic, modern and modern spaces. In fact, all the chairs I have listed have this fantastic versatility.

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