Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Klismos Chair

This purely Greek invention has the timeless, graceful, and refined look that never goes out of style. With the constant quest for beauty and function, beautiful and different interpretations of the popular Klismos have appeared over the years. The curve of the backboard provides a visual relief- and embraces you when you sit. Simply classic!

Originally, it was designed as a light chair that could easily be moved around. It also was popular as a seating option for women as depicted on their pottery

Sleek and modern version by The Wicker Works
I love how the legs curve in opposite directions...

Bertel Thorvaldsen Danish chairs inspired by the Klismos

Photo 1 DK Images, British Museum
Photo 2 photography by Alison Frantz
Photo 3  courtesy of ElleDecor, decorator J. Randall Powers, Photography by Joshua MC Hugh
Photo 4 designer Tim Gosling, photography by Ray Main
Photo5 designer Barry Dixon, photography by Angie Seckinger
Photo 6 antique dealer Robert Roy Garcia, photography by David Duncan Livingston


quintessence said...

Totally agree - a beautiful, comfortable classic! And available in so many different iterations - recently saw fabulous versions in a kitchen with a bright citrus leather - wonderful!!

Picture of Elegance said...

I'm sure it looked very elegant!

The Devoted Classicist said...

While I am disturbed by the legs on the Wicker Works model, I support their artistic right to reinterpretation!

La Petite Gallery said...

I happen to love that chair. My Mom had a hat shop and she had those chairs in the 50's.
Thanks for making me remember the feel of the chair.


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