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Odd Ones In: Dining Room Chairs & Tables You Can Mix and Match

Dining rooms play such an important role at this time of year with Christmas holidays around the corner. Often the dining table becomes the focus of the holidays with festive lunches and lengthly dinners into the small hours. Creating a warm, welcoming look is easy when you combine comfortable chairs with well-made tables. We’ve edited a selection of dining ideas, along with chairs and tables in our Vinterior collection below.

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Mid-century inspired pieces are often more affordable than collector editions. Take for example the wire tub chairs above which work elegantly against the custom farm table in this property. While it’s rare to find complete sets, you can also mix and match your favourite finds to create a contemporary feel. We love how the colourful Persian rugs add an accent of colour to the space.

Set the scene: Currently on Vinterior, this iconic Antelope chair was the result of Ernest Race’s commission to produce public seating for the 1951 Festival Of Britain. Its simple steel rod and bent ply construction was a response to materials shortages in post-war Britain, while its playful design reflects both classic Victorian styling and the futuristic molecular and atomic imagery of the Festival itself. Race’s creation went on to win a Silver Medal at the 1954 Milan Triennale. This is a lovely example of a rare find that has been refurbished for the modern day. Custom-made dining tables can take many weeks, or even months to build. However, many studios are catching on to the fact that a solid, modern country aesthetic is rather fashionable and that a reclaimed pine top oozes character and a rustic patina. Find this beauty, along with larger sizes seating up to ten people, on Vinterior.

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Antique sets often scare younger customers who are reminded of more formal dining experiences growing up. Yet when combined with contemporary accents like this simple blue and white striped rug and modern lighting, the effect is more bohemian than old fashioned. Best of all, these pieces are often better made than newly bought sets and withstand the test of time due to the types of wood used and expert craftsmanship.

 

Set the scene: this fabulous vintage dining set comprises a circular dining table and the matching set of six side chairs made from burr walnut with exquisite marquetry decoration. The burr walnut has a beautiful grain and it has been expertly French polished. The table top has exquisite marquetry decorations which have been hand cut from various veneers and inlaid into the table.  Add in this beautiful hand spun wool rug, designed in Antwerp and weaved by foot loom in Guatemala is a great addition to an antique dining set. Finish the look with this Italian mid-century Sputnik lighting piece.

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Smaller homes require thoughtfully chosen pieces for dining as you often have to contend with limited space and corner layouts. However, this is where your curated buys can really flourish as seen here with two 1950s original Wishbone chairs by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn. Invest in original, designer collector pieces and they will always retain their value and age gracefully. If you only need a couple of chairs, why not invest in the very best?

Set the scene: original Wishbone chair, designed by Hans Wegner, manufactured by Carl Hansen in oak. This mid-century Danish style teak flip-top dining table converts into a poker or cards table. The top simply lifts and flips to an original lime green felt table top. Ideal for smaller spaces and games enthusiasts. It also has four near concealed drawers and removable legs for easy navigating in small spaces. Finally, a classic rattan bench by Normal Wilkinson adds extra seating and can be used as a hallway addition when not in use.

 

You can shop many more chairs and dining tables on Vinterior in our festive curated collection.

 

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Vinterior’s Guide to Picky People Gifting

When it comes to gifting, it’s often overwhelming to buy for every family member, let alone for the picky people in your life. At Vinterior we advise to buy practical yet special gifts that will be used for the every day – a stylish dining chair or piece of art that never goes out of style. When your gift is vintage, you’re going against the grain of mass-production and picking an object with a real story to tell. We’ve curated the selection below with our top picks for those picky people in mind. Enjoy!

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1950s Dutch Modernist Desk Light By Philips £450 

For your dad’s study at home, this a rare desk light by Philips. Sharp design and super functional with heavy base and a perspex diffuser. It is in excellent condition and has been professionally rewired and PAT tested.

 

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Mid Century Flip Top Games Dining Table £249

For the brother in-law who loves card and poker games. This is a stunning mid century retro teak Danish style teak flip top dining / poker table. The top simply lifts and flips to convert this from a dining table to a card table!

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Pair of American Wicker Armchairs by John B. Salterini 1950s £1,675

For your mother’s art studio (or living room!) a pair of John B. Salterini wicker chairs with wrought iron base. Salterini is known for his wrought iron garden furniture. These chairs are in a perfect condition and would make a stunning addition to any room.

 

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Original French Movie Poster for Viva James Bond! Festival 1972. £90

For your film buff enthusiast brother this is the perfect gift! In 1972 United Artists released all seven James Bond 007 films as part of the Viva James Bond film festival. The poster offered here featuring Sean Connery, was used in various guises for all of the releases, with the film title and details being altered in the square depending upon the production, in this case Goldfinger.Condition report: This poster is folded as one would expect for issue to cinema, excellent condition overall with slight discolouration and tear where central folds meet, condition in accordance with age and use.

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Pair of Ole Wanscher’s Rosewood ‘Senator Model 116’ Chairs £5,250

For your architect or design-lover partner. A pair of rosewood Senator Model 116 chairs designed by Ole Wanscher for France & Son, Denmark 1951. The original leather cushions are sprung and upholstered in a black leather with beautiful patina. This is a rare early rosewood model of the Senator series, later taken into production by Cado.

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Donald Dean Original Oil Painting 1958 Jug and Shell £495

For your art-loving friend this Donald Dean painting of a shell and jug is an excellent vintage find. The piece comes complete with an original Donald Dean brochure from his 1961 Shipley Art Gallery Gateshead Exhibition where this piece was exhibited.

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Bronze Four Face Buddha Brahma Hindu Sculpture £220

This is the perfect gift for your yogi-loving aunt, especially if she’s just back from travelling to a retreat in the far East. This is an interesting and very unusual bronze bust of the famous four-faced Buddha. This high quality hot cast solid bronze was produced using the traditional “lost wax” process, otherwise known as the “cire perdue” method.

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Pierre Cardin Cocktail Bar £950

For the dapper, bachelor uncle, a 1970’s Pierre Cardin, spherical cocktail bar, with rose perspex internal bottle and glass holders. Clear perspex lifting lid, on three chrome and perspex legs with castors. Some mottling on the chrome and legs, otherwise in good condition for it’s age.

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A Traditional Handwoven Swedish Rug £295

For your sister, a wonderful traditional handwoven Swedish rug made from a mix of blues with black stripes. Perfect for a hallway, new nursery, or even kitchen! Made from cotton and handmade.

 

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