Bentwood chairs are simply wonderful. Bentwood chairs are made of cylindrical bentwood, and have been classically created to have a balloon shaped back with 3 loops of bentwood inserted in overlapping balloon pattern. In this design curved side braces join the seat and the back. While some feature a cane seat, others are made of wood. The best part of these antique chairs are the cylindrical front legs which taper out to floor. These chairs were made for the American market by Thonet Brothers in 1900 and also by Kohn in Austria-Hungary.
Painting furniture is one of the quickest ways to transform a piece with the biggest impact for very little money. Painting a piece of furniture is one of the easiest ways of bringing in an entire rooms decor easily with minimal effort.
Cole & Son Wallpaper had an interesting photo which featured a Bentwood chair. Instead of painting the whole chair a solid white they taped off the bottom of the chair for a sharp contrast. Consider white washing a bentwood chair and matching the coordinating olive or white stain with matching paint. Working with 70% painted / 30% natural I think is the best way to approach this style. Think about how smart this painting approach would look on a desk!