Jenny Brandt.

i kind of think of bentwood bistro chairs as classic old friends that never really go out of style, they just get reinvented. they’re a bit like a pinstriped button-down shirt worn with a funky necklace — an unexpected conservative piece paired with something bold perfectly juxtaposing each other and together looking great. bistro, bentwood, or maybe you call them cafe chairs, have been around a long while — i picture them in every saloon in the wild wild west (cowboys liked to break them over each other’s heads — what a waste!). and thonet made this beauty, the Model No.18 chair around 1876, becoming the most popular design manufactured in the 19th century. now i see them mixed and matched around mid-century modern saarinen tables, farm tables or even used beside for books. whatever you call them, and whether they’re glossy black or painted in pretty pastels, i think they’re happily sticking around for good (just keep the cowboy’s away).


Jenny Brandt for family living magazine via emma’s design blog.


j. ingerstedt.


hally’s, alexander waterworth interiors.


est magazine.




j. ingerstedt; thonet new zealand; and biografen.


lovely life.


j. ingerstedt.

12 Responses to “bent.”
  1. so beautiful, love them with a bit of color-blocking.

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

  2. Anna says:

    So beautiful, I love this! My set of 6 bentwood chairs was my first serious furniture purchase for myself back in college. Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement to hold onto them even as my style evolves!

  3. Igor says:

    Bentwood is an absolute classic. Did you know it was invented by a German carpenter? I did a little research a while ago:-)

  4. mlleparadis says:

    gorgeous, yes. love the color-blocking too.

  5. Leith says:

    I love the understated, humble chic quality of all of this! Definitely my style niche! Thanks for sharing, as always! – Leith

  6. I love this selection!Especially the image with chairs in different pastel colours

  7. I’m dying to have these chairs in my home. I’ve been looking all over. Great inspiration photos!

  8. Bentwoods are my absolute favorite! I color blocked 8 for formal dining room. Still one of my favorite DIYs!

  9. thefolia says:

    It looks too good to eat! Happy Nesting.

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