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Mystras, Sparta, Greece. A UNESCO World Heritage Site


The word klismos is of Greek origin as is the klismos chair, which is an ancient chair form that was extensively used by the Greeks. It was designed by an unknown designer in the 5th century. It was made for comfort, which can be seen in the way it reclines. If compared to a throne one could say, ” a throne is to rule from and a Klismos is to relax on”. The shape may go even further back in history, and has made several re-appearances, most notably in English Regency and Empire styles.


Two table supports, 1st century BC - 1st century AD. Pompeii, House of Gaius Corenlius Rufus, marble, 39 3/8 in. Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici de Napoli e Pompei, Ufficio Scavi, Pompei. Photo: Luciano Pedicini


This is an illustration of ancient Greek furniture. Although it is not reflected in this photograph, the Greeks often depicted the feet of their furniture like that of an animals, utilizing both front and back paws. This design style was also utilized by the Egyptians in creating some of their ancient furniture. Height was also utilized to depict social standing when making seating apparatus. This style was used in both the above mentioned cultures.