Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Greek Klismos Chair

A bit more on the furniture-style front...

I find it fascinating that the original styles of furniture, though interpreted in thousands of ways, have remained very consistent over the years. Take the ancient Greek Klismos Chair, for example, designed around 430 BC as depicted above on the stele of Xanthippos, Athens. Characterized by their curving, splayed legs and comfortable concave back, the Klismos chair was resurrected in the French Directoire, English Regency and American Empire styles.

A modern version by Baker, Knapp and Tubbs, this chair features a curved frame, nailhead trim and a Greek-key motif. A pair of these would be beautiful flanking a chest of drawers in a foyer. Amazing how classic styles were perfected so long ago!