Sit back: 9 of the best kitchen chairs

There's a charming lack of formality about kitchen chairs that instantly oozes warmth and conviviality. Those in our edit practically invite you to take a seat, pour your favourite tipple and start chewing the fat with your nearest and dearest.

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And whatever style your kitchen, there's something to suit. At the smart end of the scale there's Porada's Emma, resplendent with its walnut frame and teal upholstered seat.

Japanese minimalism is offered by both the Tenta from Sitting Firm Chairmakers and the Oaki from Northern, while traditional British style gets a modern update with the Beech Stickback at Baileys and the Bird by Michael Marriott for VG&P.

Mid-century style pops up in the form of the classic C-chair by Marcel Gascoin, originally designed in 1947 in post-war France, and is the influence for Swoon's Olsen in mango wood.

Softer looks are provided by Soho Home's Mollie with its paper cord seat and Taino from Oka with its woven backrest. So choose wisely, then sit back and relax..

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Beech Stickback, £295, Baileys

Beech Stickback, £295, Baileys

A modern take on the traditional stickback chair.

Bird in light ash, £234, Michael Marriott for VG&P

Bird in light ash, £234, Michael Marriott for VG&P

Michael Marriot's Bird chair offers a contemporary re-working of the classic wooden Windsor chair.

C-Chair in oak, £769, Marcel Gascoin for Gubi at Nest.co.uk

C-Chair in oak, £769, Marcel Gascoin for Gubi at Nest.co.uk

One of Marcel Gascoin’s most well-known pieces, the C-Chair Dining Chair was designed in 1947.

Oaki in smoked oak, £436, Northern at Holloways of Ludlow

Oaki in smoked oak, £436, Northern at Holloways of Ludlow

Nordic know-how meets the art of Japanese joinery in this charming Oaki chair.

Emma in Canaletta walnut, £1,618, Porada at Chaplins

Emma in Canaletta walnut, £1,618, Porada at Chaplins

This hand crafted Canaletta walnut frame is complemented with a padded cushion that can be upholstered in a range of beautiful fabrics and leathers.

Mollie’s in black-stained solid beech, £595 for two, Soho Home

Mollie’s in black-stained solid beech, £595 for two, Soho Home

This stylish seat comes as a pair and has a black stained solid beech wood frame and hand woven natural paper cord seat.

Mollie’s in black-stained solid beech, £595 for two, Soho Home

Mollie’s in black-stained solid beech, £595 for two, Soho Home

This stylish seat comes as a pair and has a black stained solid beech wood frame and hand woven natural paper cord seat.

Olsen in mango wood, £249, Swoon

Olsen in mango wood, £249, Swoon

A quintessentially mid-century design with a cool and cosy cocooning shape.

Taino in teak, £195, Oka

Taino in teak, £195, Oka

Taking its namesake from the islanders who invented the hammock, this chair offers rustic style with its woven, curved back.

Tenta in solid oak, £605, Koji Katsuragi for Sitting Firm Chairmakers

Tenta in solid oak, £605, Koji Katsuragi for Sitting Firm Chairmakers

The Tenta chair is designed by the great Japanese master Koji Katsuragi, and is handmade in Coventry in solid Oak.