8 ways to integrate colourful seating without choosing plastic chairs



Creating an interior that introduces colour through seating is a great way to coordinate furniture and form a consistent final look and this process has been made very simple with the possibilities that are available by introducing plastic chairs. First used for the Polyprop chair designed by Robin Day in 1963, polypropylene is now used to create with entire chairs from this highly robust and economical material. With advances in manufacturing technology and the introduction of techniques like fibre-glass coating, plastic chairs have become a favourite for seating as is possible to achieve a wide array of colour finishes. Having said this, the elegance presented by a wood or metal frame chair is still something that is unmatchable by a plastic chair. Here, we have taken a pick of eight chair ranges that are made from either wood or metal to offer an alternative choice of colourful seating. We focus on how these ranges can match a plastic chair by offering flexible options for adding colour into an interior space.


Laj leather chair
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An elegant combination of materials, the Laj chair range makes it possible to introduce a variety of colours and textures. Resting on solid wood base legs, the seat is made from a combination of leather and fabric upholstery surfaces that offer a variation in style; the back comes in either black or white and the seat fabric can be specified in a choice of over eight colour choices. This combination of dual materials makes it an elegant choice for restaurant interiors and also for relaxed and casual meeting and conference room settings.


Tivoli wood chair
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With sweeping curves and a distinctive back rest feature, the Nemea wood chair is a modern uptake on a classic wooden chair form. Combination of a die-cast aluminium frame along with solid wood forms a robust and highly supportive option for use in a wide range of places. To really add character to the Nemea, the chair currently comes in four colour choices. Alongside the original ash wood stain option, cognac stain, red stain and black stained versions are available. Designed by Italian trio Cazzaniga Mandelli Pagliarulo, the Nemea is bound to impress and form a long-lasting impression in the spaces it is applied.


Tivoli wood chair
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A popular wood chair option, the Tivoli offers practical and modern design. The form is inspired by traditional wooden café seating, with a classic four leg base complete with curved seat shape. To integrate modern materials, the solid ash frame is combined with contract grade plywood seat and backrest. For interior spaces that require more subtle introduction to colour, the Tivoli comes with two wood stains and a wide selection of fabric upholstery options. This makes it possible to introduce colour along with the softer textures of the fabric.


Frankie chair
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Introducing a range of seating that really brings a space alive with both colour and form is the retro and funky Frankie chair. With its hints of the 1920’s, it recalls classic styles and brings them to touch combining support and comfort for the user, whilst presenting immaculate aesthetic form. The slimline yet highly robust steel frame is powder-coated and comes in an array of over 60 RAL colours to choose from. Combine that with over 60 upholstery colours and you have the possibility of really creating a vibrant final look, making this an ideal chair to customise according to each project requirement. The upholstered shell comes in a wide choice of fabric, faux leather and leather finishes, with a high-quality contract grade foam composition for both comfort and durability.


ST6N cafe chair
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A charming take on classic Austrian coffee house furnishings, the ST6N chair offers a simple design that speaks volumes in the quality and comfort it offers. The sleek form is a combination of a solid wooden base frame in oak, ash, walnut or beech and a lacquered plywood back and seat. This combination ensures a long standing durability with a contemporary feel making the chair applicable in café, restaurants and many more settings. To complement the various wood stain shades, the plywood seat and back rest surfaces come in five colourful choices including a bright fuchsia, a classic grey or a soft blue. The attractive colours and wood variations go hand in hand with the structural design elements of the chair, which include curved legs for added strength and an ergonomically designed backrest and seat design.


Anno plywood cafe chairs
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A combination of practical quality build and modest form, the Anno chair is highly functioning with a superior aesthetic finish. A robust single shell seat made from plywood rests on tubular steel base legs. A durable contract drag option, the seat comes in a choice of over 20 bright, modern and stylish colour finishes that really allow a flexible choice for creating a brand matching look for a wide range of projects from cafés, to school canteens and gallery café spaces. The slightly angled legs mean the chair can be stacked for storage or maintenance. The Anno chair is the optimal choice for creating a simple yet clean appearance.


Nolita chair
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A contemporary option designed specifically for outdoor use as well as indoor, the Nolita chair references outdoor seating from the 1960’s as its inspiration. Design duo Simone Mandelli and Antonio Pagliarulo have used 6 mm steel rod to form the entire structure of the chair that is then powder coated for a smooth matt finish. The form gives the chair an agile yet vintage elegance with a choice of over eight contemporary colours to choose from including dark red, yellow, turquoise and two shades of green. A choice of two back rest heights are available as is a seat cushion for enhanced comfort.


Babila cafe chair
Last but not least, the Babila cafe chair with its curved plywood seat and distinctive base design is another chair range that offers high-quality design and a variable choice of colours. The full range has been designed to present flexible seating choices whether it is a cafe setting or office meeting room. The chair is made from a combination of solid ash wood base legs and a lacquered plywood seat, together forming a robust yet lightweight option for contract use. Choose from five lacquer colours including red, yellow or a modern grey wash and introduce accents of colour by mixing and matching chair colours. The Babila café chair features a careful selection of wood that is offered with the colour variations making it highly attractive for use in a vast mix of modern interiors.






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