The Chiavari chair is named after the coastal Italian town of Chiavari from which the design of the chair originates.
The coastal town of Chiavari, Italy
Designed in 1807 by craftsman Giuseppe Gaetano Descalzi, these chairs have become a staple at special events all over the world. Descalzi modeled his design after several Parisian chairs brought back to him by Marquis Stefano Rivarola, founder of the Economic Society of Chiavari. Descalzi wanted to create a lightweight, utilitarian yet elegant chair. He certainly succeeded.
Chiavari chairs with silver finish
Chiavari chairs today come in a variety of materials and finishes, from lightweight bamboo and beech wood to sturdier bronze and steel. The standard for weddings is a white or natural finish, while awards ceremonies (like the Grammy's or a White House brunch) tend toward glitzier silver or gold.
Gold Chiavari chairs at the White House
The famous chair has even been re-imagined by modern designer, Gio Ponti. Inspired by the traditional Chiavari chairs Ponti had seen at the Italian seaside, he created the Superleggera chair in 1957. Meant to be simple and lightweight (just like the original Chiavari chair) the piece could be lifted with one finger.
Gio Ponti's Superleggera Chair
Although originally created for large gatherings and special events, the Chiavari chair is an elegant and practical decorative piece for any home. It's simplicity and lightness are sure to impress no matter what the occasion...
Gold Chiavari chairs
Silver Chiavari chairs
Rustic Chiavari chairs