one of my favorite classes in college was an interior design history class. the class focused on the last 100 years of interior design, and one of the elements that i enjoyed the most was the section on modern classic furniture. there are literally hundreds of chairs that are considered "modern classics", but these happen to be my favorites, and the ones that i feel blend most effectively into a more traditional setting.
(if this post looks familiar, it is because i wrote a simiar post about a year ago, but i thought this information
was so great that i redid the images to make them more pin-friendly. i also added two great chairs. )