I'm in the market for new dining room chairs, and I find myself drawn to the various new versions of a classic Shaker-style chairs. I've long-admired Design Within Reach's Salt Chair (above). Priced at about $100 per chair for a solid beech frame, I think it's a great value (in fact, I nominated Salt for Woman's Day's Great Value award when I was freelancing at the magazine). You can choose from white, black, red, or gray--personally, I like black.
West Elm's Spoke chair ($299) reverses the shape of the seat back fan, with the narrow side at the top. Up until recently, the company also made a chair called the Modern Windsor, but it appears to be sold out on the site.
The most creative reinterpretations of the Shaker chair that I have seen are Lina Nordqvist's Family Chairs for Design House Stockholm. Sold in black or white, the four chairs in the collection are each a unique twist on a fan-back silhouette. They're sold in pairs (Chairs 1 & 2 at left and Chairs 3 & 4 at right) for $400 per pair.