Although it’s been some years since the first trend-spotting of odd-chair-dining I’m still intrigued by it. There is so much variety; from deep-laid and all too perfect ‘chair exhibition/miss-matching’ to the flea market hodge-podge look. And somewhere inbetween is the imperfectly perfect mix that seem to have just happened. So how do you do it? There are quite a few good advices around: stick to one colour, let shape be the joint element, mix traditional with modern; have a common thread but don’t make it too obvious. Can you throw any old chair into the mix? No.
Well…YES You Can! There are ‘rules’ about this concept, but remember it all started with rule-breaking. Why would you be creative and fun and break one design rule just to adhere to another? Of course a common denominator in the matching choice will bring harmony (if that’s what you want) and too much miss-matching will make it more inscrutable and interesting (or even like a strange chair parade). It’s in the eye of the beholder. And either way, I cherish the idea and the freedom. I guess the only way to get the perfect odd-chair-mix result – in your very own taste – is by doing. If I were to give an advice I’d say take the chairs you really like. They will have something in common.