I've been daydreaming about dining rooms lately (probably because I don't have one) and I love the idea of an open, casual eating area with big long table. There are so many options for chairs and the mixing of chairs and bench chairs that I feel like making a decision on a dining chair would be paralyzing. I love Tolix chairs and think they always look great at the table, but are they too summer housey? Too outdoor cafe chair? Just right? You can get Tolix chairs in the U.S. at DWR, Pottery Barn (yes, Pottery Barn), The Sundance Catalog and at Conran. But if it were me I'd search for some vintage numbers. Check out my November '07 post for more info on the history of the iconic French cafe chair.