We're currently shopping for a new dining room set, and I've been searching for chairs similar to your office chair. i think it would be a great way to keep the space open and deter from the high back chairs that come with all the Mission/ Shaker tables we like. Do you know the manufacturer or style? Most furniture stores don't understand what I'm trying to describe. Your insight is greatly appreciated!
To see my answer for Meghan,
Thanks for saying kind words about my office chair; it's a favorite of mine (read the crazy backstory about this chair's origins here, if you're curious). The chair was designed by Russel Wright for Conant Ball in the 1950s, and is made of maple. Not only is it handsome, it's also very comfortable. I think it would be a great choice for your dining room. While these chairs can go for quite a bit of money (two are on 1st Dibs right now for $950), I'd do some snooping around to see if you can't find anything cheaper. Look at antique stores, on eBay, at flea markets, and on Craigslist. There's actually a set of six Russel Wright chairs and a dining table on sale for $2,995 right now on eBay.
If you want to buy something off the rack, so to speak, you can also check out my finds below.
Good luck chair hunting!