The Classic Klismos


I saw this image above of Tobi Fairley’s new line for CR Laine here and it reminded me of just how much I love the classic Klismos chair.  It has such a historical presence and yet looks completely modern today.  And I have seen so many in such a variety of materials there’s not one that won’t work in everyone’s home.

A cool lucite version…


A mix of metal and upholstery…


Black painted wood (love this shot)…


Brass and leather…


Wood and bold color leather (and also in a bar stool!)


These modern versions from Donghia are amazing around a rustic farm table!


Here are 10 klismos chairs I’m loving right now- some high end, some outdoor, some affordable and some vintage deals!


1. // 2.(obsessed with this one- have wanted it for years) // 3. // 4. // 5. (also this version for less) // 6. // 7. (a deal and would be great painted!)// 8. // 9. // 10.



  1. Love your site, Erin. It would be cool (to me) if you could include some history of the design items you feature. Where did the name Klismos come from? How did the chair evolve? For those of us not formally trained in design, that would be really interesting to learn along with all the eye candy. :)

  2. I have been obsessed with klismos chairs for a long time and finally invested in #8. love love love them, they are even better in person!! still shopping for the perfect table!! love this post!!

  3. I think I prefer the lucite and the upholstered versions the best since they look the most modern. Definitely second Kelley’s comment about learning the design history of some of these styles you write about- would be so interesting!


  4. I LOVE the grey and white geometric rug in the 4th photo, do you have any idea where I can buy it? I’ve been searching for a rug for the dining room and that one would be perfect. (:

  5. Love the classics, especially when they are reinterpreted for todays lifestyles like Tobi’s. But I am partial to the golden metal backed style.

  6. Tobi’s new line for CR Laine is just fabulous…the brass studding is “not your mother’s brass!” I’ve followed her blog for ages and this new area is one of my favs!! franki

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