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klismos bench

August 19th, 2007

Daniel Pontius


The c 1960 T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings bench’s precedent is the ancient Greek form of the saber leg. I think the R-G bench is more attune to a simplified deer hoof which can be seen in the last picture. R-G enhances the flare of the leg much more than than this regency influenced American chair.
Ashley & Allegra Hicks does the best reproduction Klismos chair that can be seen in Ashley & Allegra Hicks Design Alchemy, 2002 on page 7. One can also see the inspiration for the chair on page 27 in the superlative Villa Kerylos which may or may not have influenced Robsjohn-Gibbings as well. 7800, Center 44, NYC.

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