As with the dining set, the key is to break it up. Never do a matching wood desk and desk chair (unless you want your house to look like a Brick showroom). In the end, you can't really go wrong with a classic chair like this one. Imagine it in a modern, white office. Or tucked into a corner of your living room. Or anywhere, really.
The simple work-nook picture (below) is from Omoo on Flickr.