Modern Klismos Chairs

The klismos chair is an ancient chair form that the Greeks popularized, and is also one of the most easily recognizable ones. It attained its most perfect form in the 5th century BC. Over centuries, and over a wider geographical area this chair shape's popularity has persisted, and it keeps showing up even today. It got a new lease on life with the Revival styles in Europe and has continued to inspire furniture designers through the ages.

Because the shape lends itself well to narrower...MORE designs, today you often find it reflected in dining chairs. However, the chair form is equally popular in accent seating as well because it is so elegant.

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    Dann Foley Rodeo Dining Chair with Cushion
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    The great thing about these klismos chairs is that they are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Since they are stackable, you can store them away when not in use.

    The cutout back and the slender lines make them useful for smaller spaces, and also make it easy to move the chairs around. The removable cushion is made from Sunbrella fabric, which can hold its own under different weather conditions.

    The handcrafted chair is constructed in powder-coated aluminum covered in weatherproof woven Viro synthetic fiber.

    Dimensions: 33.5" H x 18" W x 18" D.

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    Global views Klismos chair with grey leather
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    Made from American Oak, this side chair comes with a generous seat. Both the seat and the curved back splat which is so characteristic of a klismos chair, are covered in cowhide grain leather.

    The construction features webbed support with Dacron wrapped foam, and the finish of the sandblasted wood frame is in a putty wash and matte lacquer finish.

    Dimensions: 26"W x 34"H x 25"Deep

    Seat height: 20"

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    Luna armchair
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    This transitional style arm chair is another interpretation of the klismos form. This armchair has a hardwood frame with a walnut veneer, and the seat is upholstered in tan linen.

    Dimensions: 34" H x 25.4" W x 24" D

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    Global views Greek Key Klismos chair
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    This tufted back chair borrows from the klismos form but breaks with the tradition in that the entire back is upholstered. It features another Greek element as well, the Greek Key motif. The legs have a brown stain satin lacquer finish, while the chair is upholstered in ivory cowhide leather.

    Dimensions: 28" H x 27.25" W x 28.25" D

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    Klismos wrought iron guest chair
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    Some textures give a piece of furniture added interest. Hand stitched leather and wrought iron create a contrast in this klismos chair from the Klismos Collection from Selamat. This chair is stackable

    Dimensions: 32" H x 27.5" W x 28" D

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    Peter Francis side chair
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    This klismos inspired chair from the Peter Francis collection has a maple and beech solids construction, with a fabric covered seat.  It is finished with a protective top coat that guards it against moisture and most household chemicals. The frame and cushion can be ordered in one of several color choices available.

    Dimensions: 34" H x 21.5" W x 19" D
     

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    Isaiah side chair by Safavieh
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    The Isaiah side chairs from Safavieh come in a set of two. The frame, back, and legs are made from solid rubberwood finished in a walnut stain. The seat is covered in a gray, white and beige stripe polyester upholstery. This is a variation on the klismos form, where instead of two styles supporting the back, you have one, solid support.

    Dimensions: 34" H x 19.8" W x 18.5" D

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    Insignia side chair by Somerton Dwelling
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    This side chair from Somerton Dwelling's Insignia collection has a wood frame and a seat that is upholstered in a Polyester blend.

    Dimensions: 36" H x 20.5" W x 23" D
     

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    Ouzel side chair by Stein World
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    Stein World's Ouzel side chair features a light pine finish, with the back and seat covered in a modern geometric cover.

    Dimensions: 33.8" H x 24.5" W x 24" D

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    IE Series live side chair
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    This chair from Urbia has a solid Trembesi wood frame finished in Tobacco. Trembesi is a tree grown in Indonesia and is also often used to make guitars. The seat is covered in a brownish gray Poly-blend fabric. The chairs are sold as a set of two.

    Dimensions: 34" H x 20.25" W x 18.75" D