DESIGN DICTIONARY: Klismos Chair
If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk.
What is a klismos chair?
Klismos Chair: An ancient form of chair that remains popular today. The Ancient Greeks first developed the chair as evidenced by pottery and stone from that period. It is characterized by tapering, out- curved legs, known as saber legs, and a curved back.
Klismos meets windsor, with a touch of Thonet
In the early 1800's, Boston furniture maker Samuel Gragg developed an iconic version of the klismos chair. He married the saber legs to a back that resembled the classic windsor chair. Gragg used the same process to create his chair that Thonet is credited for developing for his bentwood chairs 40 years later. Gragg dubbed his chair the "Elastic Chair."
Examples throughout history.
My home and the pair that got away.
I searched forever for my set of 8 klismos dining chairs.
Last summer, I should have bought this pair at the East Hampton Antiques Show.
You can never go wrong buying a klismos chair, IMHO :-) .
Photo credits: Terence Harold Robsjohn-Gibbings chair via the MetVase via Janet Brown InteriorsStone Collage clockwise: Abildgaard, Finlay, Santorini via Elle Decor, Scandinavian Klismos via House BeautifulGray Klismos via Home Bunch , House Beautiful via homeditBlack klismos on South Shore DecoratingChrome Klismos