Archives for: August 2014

Style Guide: Klismos Chair

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I have been reading a lot about ancient furniture lately, and it’s fascinating to trace iconic furniture designs to their roots in antiquity. Take for example the klismos chair, an Ancient Greek design circa the mid-fifth century BC. The klismos has a concave upper backrest and tapered legs that curve outwards. The seat was usually woven leather or some other cording, upon which sat a cushion or animal pelt. Our knowledge about klismoi has mostly been gleaned from depictions in carvings and other artwork.

lpumdt Depictions of klismoi in antiquity. Source: House Appeal.

The klismos fell out of style during the Hellenistic period, in part due to a design flaw: without the support of stretchers, the outward curving legs eventually splay too far and break.

Nevertheless European Neoclassicism returned the klismos to favor. Painter Jacques Louis-David commissioned klismoi as set props for his historical paintings. British-born Neoclassicist Benjamin Henry Latrobe helped insinuate this chair into American culture. Latrobe built a set of klismos chairs– with reinforcing stretchers– for the White House. Art Deco and Modernism adapted and reimagined the traditional klismos design. Even today, popular retailers like Restoration Hardware and West Elm continue to produce contemporary incarnations of the ancient style.

Latrobe_Klismos Latrobe’s design for the White House klismos chair. Source: J Black.

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Sources: 1) Victor Werner 2) 1st Dibs 3) 1st Dibs 4) Anziano via House Beautiful 5) Alexa Hampton via Janet Brown Design

 

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Trendcasting: Scottish Style

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of Scottish influence in interior design. The iconic Scottish style is of course plaid, but Scottish influence comes in many other forms: pheasant motifs, needlepoint hunting scenes, rich velvet sofas, and (faux!) mounted taxidermy. Here’s how to add a wee bit of Scotland to your home!

Scottish Style Decor Pheasant Wallpaper Hunting Needlepoint Pillow Plaid Blanket Throw Plaid Rug Carpet Velvet Chesterfield Couch Green Faux Taxidermy Stag Head Sources: 1) Braemore Phaesant Hunt Leather Fabric 2) Dark Green Tapestry Hunt Scene Pillow 3) Off-White Belgian Hunting Pillow 4) Lyre Chesterfield Sofa 5) 5th Avenue Throw in Breslin Plaid 6) Resin Stag Head 7) Cooper Navy Plaid Rug 8) Rustic Saltire Flag Pillow 9) Thomas Kay Weaver’s Plaid Pillow in Cedar Bark 

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Sources: The Gifts of Life, Betsy Speert 

Scottish Decor Design Interior Style Plaid Plates Four Poster Bed

Sources: The Enchanted Home, Apartment Therapy 

Scot Meacham Wood Scottish Decor Style Interior Design Hunting Painting Horse

Source: House Beautiful via Tartanscot 

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