The Klismos Chair

The Klismos Chair is a chair modeled after depictions of ancient Greek furniture seen on painted pottery and art from the 5th Century BC.


The Klismos chair was adapted by Edvard Thomspon in 1922. TH Robsjohn-Gibbings and Greek cabinetmakers Susan and Eleftherios Saridis then re-created the chair 38 years later.

I love this chair and am amazed that it was originally designed so long ago. The photo to the left is a collectible Robsjohn-Gibbings Klismos chair from 1960.

Modern furniture manufacturers have adapted this chair by adding upholstered seats, a variety of stained and painted finishes, and a modified frame.


An example of a modernization of the Klismos chair is the Santorini from Dragonette, which is made of lucite.


The Anziano chair by Donghia combines a bentwood back and seat with steel legs. It was designed by John Hutton for Dongia in 1989, and it’s lightweight and stackable.


Kravet Furniture makes a practical reproduction of the Klismos chair that can be used around a dining table.

restorationhardwareklismosRestoration Hardware is clearing out their version of the  Klismos chair which is upholstered in belgian linen.