If there’s one thing I keep seeing pop up every time I turn around, it’s a Chinese Chippendale chair. I just got back from High Point market in North Carolina, and Chinese Chippendale influence was everywhere — and I couldn’t be more thrilled. These chairs are one of my absolute favorites. Characterized by their bamboo fretwork design on the back, they normally feature an upholstered seat and may or may not have arms. While they’re available new from a variety of retailers, you can almost always find vintage versions as well by searching on sites like eBay, Etsy, Chairish, 1stDibs, etc. And if you’re really lucky, as a steal of a deal on your local Craigslist. Originally designed by prolific English cabinet maker Thomas Chippendale in the 18th century, the Chinese Chippendale chair is a classic design that can work in practically any style of interior. If you’re traditional, it’s a great way to toss in a little chinoiserie; if you’re more modern, it’s the perfect contrast and unexpected twist. But above all, I adore it in a bright, bold color.
Most of the images I found while doing a little Pinterest hunt led me to dining rooms like this fun Palm Beach-inspired room designed by Maria Barros. Pairing a Chinese Chippendale chair with the uber-modern Saarinen tulip table is a fun and unexpected combination of modern and traditional. I also love that the chairs are in two different colors.
A pretty little breakfast nook via Quadrille Fabrics – again with a Saarinen tulip table — is rounded out with four white chippendale chairs. The gilded feminine chandelier keeps the scene traditional overall.
Here’s a preppy rustic dining room with loads of texture by AGK Design Studio. A big modern farmhouse table in a natural wood finish is an interesting and unexpected match for the white Chippendale chairs.
Stunning and bold red chippendale chairs are a statement-maker in this traditional dining room. Check out those tassels on each leg.
But if you prefer something a little more natural, go for an unfinished bamboo chair – I saw a ton of this particular finish at market, too. (Via Sara M. Dorsey)
For a more subdued or monochromatic interior, go for contrast with bold black against a crisp white table (via The Zhush).
Are you inspired yet? I’ve got my eye on a bright blue set that I might have to snap up!