Bentwood chairs. Designed by Michael Thonet back in the 1850s, these chairs reign as the granddaddies of bistro chairs. Their gorgeous curves and sturdy functionality make them a home and restaurant staple that never goes out of style. There are many different iterations of the bentwood chair, some by Thonet and a plethora of imitations. The one you see above is the Bentwood Chair with Arch Brace.
The Marais A Chair. Designed by French metalworker Xavier Pauchard back in the 1930s, this chair's classic industrial style has never been more popular.
While the galvanized metal in gunmetal gray has big industrial appeal, the bright colors it comes in are very appealing.
The Praque chair. This industrial chair brings in more flair, with a few extra curves and a lighter silhouette.
Let's pause for a little folding bistro/Marais mashup. The mix of wood and metal ties this dining area together beautifully.
Woven French bistro chairs. Observe the chairs in their natural habitat, on the sidewalks of Collioure, France.
Once woven from Nile river reeds, the chairs are most commonly composed of rattan and rilsan today.