Parliamentary authorities have been criticised for having "expensive tastes" after it was disclosed that chairs for a canteen popular with MPs and peers cost taxpayers almost £33,000.
The Scandinavian-designed chairs, which cost almost £110 each, were placed in the atrium of the Portcullis House building for MPs and peers using the office building's restaurants and a popular coffee shop.
Some 300 of the chairs, made by Rabami (RBM), were purchased in November last year and details of the cost were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
The RBM website describes the Noor model chosen by the Parliamentary authorities as a "contemporary classic that marks a new beginning in vitalising spaces and relations" providing "classic Scandinavian quality and functionality".
The 300 black, upholstered chairs purchased in November last year, cost £32,955 excluding VAT.
The figure emerged after it was disclosed MPs spent £250,000 of taxpayers' cash on portraits of politicians since 1995.
Taxpayers' Alliance chief executive Jonathan Isaby said: "It seems that the parliamentary authorities have expensive tastes, whether that is when purchasing chairs or commissioning portraits, and taxpayers are the ones footing the bill.
A House of Commons spokeswoman said: "The chairs in Portcullis House needed to be replaced as they were no longer fit for normal use, with regular faults being reported.
"The new chairs were selected through a competitive tender and offered the highest value for money and quality. A discount was applied as the old chairs were recycled."