Dined at a stylish restaurant in 2012? Then you’ve no doubt pulled up to the table in one of these retro beauties. Here’s how to bring them home.
A century ago, when Ohio’s Uhl brothers designed sturdy steel-and-wood chairs for factories and offices, industrial chic didn’t exist. Today, these Toledo drafting chairs (pictured above) have gone from workroom to bar thanks to their vintage vibe and speakeasy swivel.
Seen at: Basically everywhere, including Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden in Austin, TX; Buvette in NYC
Get the look: Swivel studio work stool, $425; makr.com
Stools, like the galvanized steel Tolix, might not score high in the comfort department, but they have other virtues, notably their ability to get you closer to the bar–or your date.
Seen at: Lone Star Taco Bar in Allston, MA; Namu Gaji in San Francisco
Get the look: Tolix Marais Barstool, $300; dwr.com
The Windsor chair has always ruled country dining rooms, but the recent craze for farmhouse fare has made it a must-have for city folk as well.
Seen at: Green Pig Bistro in Arlington, VA; Grange Hall Burger Bar in Chicago
Get the look: Whitewood spindle-back chair, $60; target.com
By the end of the 19th century, Thonet’s bentwood bistro chair had become synonymous with Vienna’s coffeehouse culture. These days, it’s a staple of laid-back eateries everywhere.
Seen at: Ada Street in Chicago; STG Trattoria in Atlanta
Get the look: Era chair by Michael Thonet, from $150; dwr.com
Pairing metal frames with Spartan wood, schoolhouse chairs channel the nostalgia of old classroom seats, albeit in more sophisticated materials. If you can’t score one of Friso Kramer’s classic Revolt models on eBay, Gus Modern’s version also makes the grade.
Seen at: The Bedford in Brooklyn; Chicken Scratch in Dallas
Get the look: Gus Modern School chair, $590 for set of two; bobbyberkhome.com
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