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November Top 5 with A&D Representative Christina Marsh

With the holidays right around the corner, seating plans are a must for family dinners and gatherings. This month’s top five highlights various chairs that are aesthetically pleasing and perfect for at home around the dining table, or wherever tasteful seating is needed. Gather around the table and experience high-quality, elegant seating like no other.

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HAY J 41 chair
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HAY J 41 Chair

HAY's reproduction of Børge Mogensen's classic J 41 chair has an uncluttered design combining a slanted backrest and wide-spaced spindles. With a broad plywood seat and a frame in solid oak or beech, the design is both classic and comfortable.

HAY about a chair
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HAY About A Chair 23 Armchair

The son of a cabinetmaker raised in the Scandinavian design tradition, Danish designer Hee Welling understands the power of simple, logical, useful solutions. His About A Chair (2009) for HAY began with a desire to tell a story about a chair and quickly became one of the bestselling collections in Scandinavia. With its gently curved, comfortable seat and sculptural wood base, AAC 23 offers pleasing proportions and a quietly elegant aesthetic.

HAY louis ghost chair
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HAY Louis Ghost Chair

The Louis Ghost Armchair (2002) is a postmodern triumph of technical innovation and historical style – a reinvention of the classic Louis XVI armchair in a single form of transparent injection-molded polycarbonate. Louis Ghost is a robust chair with a medallion backrest for leisurely comfort. A sign of authenticity, this chair has a small Kartell logo in translucent red ink on its back. The injection-molding process leaves behind several faint artifacts that are perfectly normal, not defects.

Geiger landmark chair
Credit: Geiger

Geiger Landmark Chair

Reintroduced in 2004, the Landmark Chair (1964) is one of designer Ward Bennett’s most famous pieces. A classic English form graciously scaled to the exact proportions drawn by Bennett, Landmark is available in both standard- and low-arm versions. Though it has a frame carved from solid wood, it’s still lightweight. Available with a meticulously detailed cane or upholstered seat.

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Herman Miller Comma Chair

An easy addition to any dining area, the Comma Chair (2021) embodies the warmth and craft found in many prized twentieth-century designs. Expertly constructed with a steam-bent backrest and mortise-and-tenon joinery, the simple form consists of a circle seat, rounded back, and straight legs. “For me, it was very important that the chair had generosity in its spirit, even though it was reduced to a few elements,” says designer Michael Anastassiades.

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