Din­ing chairs like ad­jec­tives

The Palm Beach Post - Residences - - Front Page - Joseph Pu­bil­lones

An el­e­gant din­ner party should be what we all live for. There is hardly any finer ex­pe­ri­ence than be­ing the guest of a gra­cious host, es­pe­cially for din­ner. And there is no greater op­por­tu­nity for pomp and cir­cum­stance than in a din­ing room. Hands down, it is the one room of any home where rit­u­als and pro­to­col are at the fore­front on any oc­ca­sion. Grand movies such as “Ba­bette’s Feast,” “The Royal Te­nen­baums” and even “Beatriz at Din­ner” demon­strate the great drama that is pos­si­ble in the at­mos­phere and conversation. Ev­ery piece of fur­ni­ture is like the word of a sen­tence with its own spe­cific role.

The din­ing ta­ble un­doubt­edly is the main sub­ject of a din­ing room, capped with a sparkling chan­de­lier like a brooch perched on a dress, shin­ing and cap­tur­ing light and bounc­ing it off all other re­frac­tory sur­faces. So what are din­ing chairs? Din­ing chairs are like ad­jec­tives, of­fer­ing sup­port to the sub­ject, the din­ing ta­ble. Are all din­ing chairs the same, you may ask? Well, yes and no.

A din­ing chair is al­most any chair of the ap­pro­pri­ate height to pair with a din­ing ta­ble. There are side chairs and also arm­chairs. We are ac­cus­tomed to most din­ing ta­bles with side chairs, ex­cept in the oc­ca­sion of a rec­tan­gu­lar ta­ble, where arm­chairs can be placed on ei­ther end. Of course, rules are meant to be bro­ken: Side chairs are used all around a ta­ble, and arm­chairs also have been used around cir­cu­lar ta­bles, and wing­backs and ban­quettes are also used in din­ing rooms. In re­al­ity, it all de­pends on the size of the ta­ble, the room and the chairs.

When se­lect­ing a din­ing chair, con­sider the fol­low­ing three as­pects: aes­thet­ics, com­fort and dura­bil­ity. A beau­ti­ful din­ing room chair is a com­ple­ment to a ta­ble and can set the tone for the room. Din­ing room chairs should, above all, be com­fort­able. Any din­ing room with un­com­fort­able chairs guar­an­tees short­lived din­ner par­ties. Din­ing chairs are used ev­ery day, so they have to be well-built, and whatever fab­rics or leather cover them has to be re­silient to spots and stains. You don’t have to be a child to have a food mishap at the ta­ble. Bet­ter to be safe than sorry — so skip the silks and ab­sorbent linens and cot­tons.

Chairs at a din­ing ta­ble should also be easy to han­dle, so that the chival­rous diner may aid the per­son next to him or her in get­ting seated. The best chairs al­ways have some bit of a wood frame ex­posed, so that chairs can be pulled in and out of the ta­ble with­out touch­ing the fab­rics. Al­ter­na­tively, fully up­hol­stered chairs should have a small han­dle on the back for pulling a chair. Oth­er­wise, all it takes is the small­est bit of cock­tail sauce on a fin­ger for your din­ing room to end up look­ing like a crime scene from an Agatha Christie novel. While din­ing room chairs are not the fo­cal point of a room, they do com­mand at­ten­tion — and they de­mand your at­ten­tion when se­lect­ing one.

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