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Publication Date: 2015-03-30

Behind the Design

Design Staple: The Klismos Chair

The Klismos chair emerged in Greece between 700-400 B.C. and was typically made of wood with a fabric or animal hide cushion. During this time period, the type of furniture one sat in indicated their social status. A chair with a back such as the Klismos indicated a higher social standing and was created for woman of status as a chair for domestic comfort. However the chair did cross genders and social barriers after its creation as it was lighter and more comfortable than the throne-like chairs typical for people of status in those days. The Greek Klismos chair inspired and influenced the French Directoire, English Regency and American Federal styles during the 1800s, and the design is still used today for formal yet comfortable seating.


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