Monday, May 5, 2014

Needing, Wanting, Loving: Louis XVI-Style Dining Chairs

Happy Monday sweet things.  Another day, another dolla.  Did you have a fun weekend? I hope so! We went to a former client-turned-friend's home on Friday for a wine and pizza night, and Saturday I celebrated a friend's 27th birthday by going to a Houston Astros game.  Bailey also hosted a re-opening party for the new location of Biscuit Home Saturday, so I had to stop by and see the pretty new 9,000 square foot space.   If you are in Houston, be sure to check out the new location off Westheimer near Montrose- it's where BJ Oldie's Antiques used to be, and it's phenom.  Today I wanted to talk about my current fixation on Louis XVI chairs.  To give you a brief historical background, the Louis XVI chair became popular during the reign of (you guessed it) French King Louis XVI and the Neo-Classical Period, around 1760-1790:

The period saw a revival of classical Greek and Roman motifs and design principles, mainly because Pompeii had just been discovered.  The legs of the chair are always fluted and straight, and more refined/restrained than the previous Louis XV chair.  To me, it has a more modern feel and can transition well in both traditional and contemporary interiors.  I love how they look as dining chairs:

I love seeing a Louis XVI style chair upholstered in leather.  It's so chic and unexpected, especially with a nailhead trim:

A caned-back gives the typical chair motif a fun flair:

And how fun is this contrasting upholstery?  A contemporary chevron print on the back paired with a traditional blue and white is unexpected and freshens up this space:

This last picture is a perfect example of Neoclassical chairs working well with a more modern interior.  The angular brass + glass dining table is perfectly paired with black Louis XVI dining chairs.  I love!  

What are your thoughts?


  1. How was the opening!?? THese are my dining chairs!! love them!

  2. So pretty! Love the black ones in the third one down.

  3. Completely agree with you on the leather + nail head trim. Love!

  4. Love Louis chairs, must check out the new Biscuit locale.
    BTW, I have a new domain…
    Oh, and I channeled my owe baba shrimp tacos from Torchys today for Cico de Mayo

  5. Love this chair style, especially with the rounded back. In fact, just last week I purchased a replica of the Starck Louis ghost chair for my home office.
    Great collection of images!

  6. This post gave me life! The 3rd and last images are my fav!

  7. Great! I love the grand sized furnished rooms and their decor!

    Brazilian Interior Design

  8. I salivate over these chairs too! one day!

    x Lily

  9. Nice collection of chairs your first collection of dining chairs is amazing, i like it much, i have seen it on another website


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