The Barcelona Chair designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1929 is still a sought-after piece.
Available at www.dwr.com for $4,328.00-$5,329.00
A copy of the Barcelona chair.
Available at www.euromoderno.com for $479.00
Another famous design, Michael Thonet's Bentwood chairs from the 1830s, seen in any and every cafe in Europe, sell for $300 to over a thousand dollars. You can often buy antique sets on ebay, but it'll cost you a pretty penny.
Available at www.bauhaus2yourhouse.com for $388.00
Or a more affordable version:
Available at www.restorationhardware.com for $145.00
As of right now, we're thinking the RH Thonet-inspired chairs would be great sans-cushion for the vintage kitchen table my mom already owns -- we are planning on staining it a deep espresso. It would look something like this -- dark table, light chairs:
As for the Barcelona knock-off, I'd love it in white. It would work in my office, my bedroom, or it would look perfect in a condo living room if I ever make it into the city.