5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Favorite Mid-Century Dining Chairs

When it comes to mid-century dining chairs, there is a lot that people still don’t know, it’s not all about shapes and color, lets find out what it is about!

A lot of knowledge needs to be passed so that people can understand what makes mid-century dining chairs so special. Today, we are taking you a step further towards that. Lets talk about all the elements that make a chair unique and what it takes for it to be truly mid-century.


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In this article, we will go through all the necessary elements to make the single best mid-century dining chair, we will talk about materials, shapes, colors, production and everything else!

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Mix those materials!

One thing that stands out in mid-century modern design is that, not one piece is made from one type of material. When it comes to upholstery, it is very natural for the structure of the chair to be made out of wood, while it is upholstered in velvet or leather, with some metal finish on the legs of the chair.

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Oh, by the way, use the best of materials!

It really depends if you are aiming towards luxury or not. If you are, most traditional material include velvet, leather, brass, copper, oak and walnut.

Mind the contrast between the texture of the piece and its shape.

What you are looking for in a mid-century piece is an impact-full design. To get it, you have to pay attention to this variable. Impact-full design can be translated between the visual texture of the piece and the dynamism that it brings to the room.

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Let the design be translated in the production…

One thing about mid-century dining chairs is that, they express the danish and american mid-century style, meaning that they must combine the uniqueness of a handcrafted piece with the minimal and functional style of the industrial design.

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One thing that is directly correlated to this is the color of the piece (which we will talk about next) but, when it comes to finishing the piece, a lot of them fit the mid-century style. And that is really an argument for customization: if you have a great number of choices for your pieces, why would be happy with the standard version? Always look for something beyond that, making sure your dining chair is unique.

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The colors… Oh, the colors!

Cool thing about this: there are so many that fit, I won’t even tell you what they are. Instead of that I’ll group it all for you.

Complementary colors: mid-century rooms are not single colored, they always have several colors so, the important thing here is that the color you choose for your chair goes well with the ones from other pieces in the room.

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Citrus colors: a mid-century house usually has white or grey walls so, you need to chose a chair that stands out in that infinity of monotonous color.

Here is the funny thing, mid-century style can be both multi-colored or neutral-colored (not at the same time, obviously). It really depends if you want the danish or american style.

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Very important: PRODUCTION!

One the things that makes Essential Home so special is definitely its production.

The manufacturer that we use is called Preggo, they have over 15 years of experience (and its workers a lot more) when it comes to producing high quality design pieces.

They, as we, are based in Porto, rich in its tradition of handcrafting and design, and a rising name in several other fields.

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Preggo uses several techniques in producing our pieces, they include applying gold leaf by hand, or other finishes, hand polishing (interesting fact: the more delicate the piece, the less chemicals they use to polish it) and welding.

Basically, all this leads to them being one of the top manufacturing facilities for luxury design pieces.

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