Klismos Style Chairs - Ancient Greek Chair Designs



If you are looking for classic chairs with clean lines and soft curves that will work perfectly well in any interior setting, modern or traditional, you’ll love Klismos style chairs. Shaped after representations found on ancient Greek bas relief and pottery designs of the 5th century, this unique timeless chair designs has been revived in neoclassic furniture styles.



Klismos chairs possess interesting and distinguishing features . . . curved (sabre) tapering front and back legs, curved tablet backrests, curved stiles, including a visually light weight appearance. They look sleek but are generously wide, a feature that’s evident in its backrest that’s suitable for resting your elbows.

It’s a chair style that no doubt adds elegance to your dining room. Not only that; they look great when used as accent chairs and will turn a lack-lustre seating arrangement into a beautiful and stylish setting.

With the clean style of the Klismos chair placed in a room, you can’t get more classic (or chic) than that.

It is certain that the style dates back to the Ancient Greeks who developed it, not because some original specimens have been discovered by modern archaeologists, but because period depictions on painted pottery and carvings at the Acropolis of Athens (a world heritage site) has given a clear indication of how they looked.

The Klismos is still very relevant today which attests to the fact that it was well designed then and still is now, in the 21st century. According to a decorator Brad Ford, “its lines are incredibly graceful, and it stands up to any number of interpretations.”

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The Klismos seat can be aptly described as “simultaneously old-world and contemporary” with its sculptured classic silhouette. Whichever way you use it . . . in a sophisticated setting or a more casual setting, your guests will absolutely love the expressive, unique, and completely timeless look of this ancient styled chair.


Klismos Chairs in Modern Interiors


With its age-old lines and characteristic S-curves, it’s a popular choice amongst those who like the elegant neoclassic interior design set-up. Just like many true classics, the Klismos chair design has been reproduced and re-designed hundreds of ways, but even with that, it’s a unique piece of furniture that still maintains a sense of tradition.
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With its relatively frequent appearance over the centuries, the basic design of the Klismos chair still looks surprisingly consistent. It has been endlessly reinterpreted since as far back as the late 18th century and is the only piece of ancient Greek furniture style that can still be found in modern interiors settings today.

But why is the chair style such an enduring form and an all time favourite?

Probably because its flowing curvy strokes balances its classical sobriety or because the curved back rest makes it so comfortable to sit in while its curved legs offer extra support. And then maybe because they are generally lightweight chairs that can easily be moved around a room.

For today’s designers and decorators, the Klismos chairs remains a top choice for accent or dining chairs just for their sheer elegance. Why not? After all it is “literally the only ancient furniture form that, in its most faithful reproduction, can still fulfill today's practical and stylistic requirements”.

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