Charmed by a Chiavari :: dining chairs with a history...
Meet the newest addition to my household family:
gold dining chairs.
Regular Glamour Drops readers will know of my penchant for all things golden,
so when it was decided that we needed some extra dining chairs
(aka I talked my husband into the idea…),
then I knew exactly what this Art Nouveau house wanted:
something a little eccentric, as befits the character of the house,
something a little ornamental but not too much….
something with nature-inspired features to reference the arched architraves,
something which would contrast with the Panton chairs which would remain
at each end of the 3 metre long table,
and something in gold, to match the over-the-topness of the Nouveau style.
And that very something was the Chiavari Chair,
otherwise known as the Wedding or Tiffany chair.
The dining "room" is not exactly a room as such,
but one end of the kitchen,
with a staircase between the two providing a little separation
between chef and guests,
so these chairs could almost be described as kitchen chairs,
rather than formal dining chairs.
But because the space overlooks a wistaria-entwined deck,
I wanted something with a bit of a conservatory feel,
which is why the faux-bamboo frame of the Chiavari works so well.
In the process of selecting which type of chair would suit best,
I discovered a little about the Chiavari's history,
and how it became known as the Wedding Chair.
If you click through this gallery it will explain a little more about them:
We have had them in use for only a week,
but already the cat has decided that they make a good perch,
the teenagers have declared they make good study chairs,
and if I listen to the 100 year old house's whispers very carefully,
I think I might just be able to hear him say:
"Why, they suit me very well, thank you."
Although if I keep listening, I think he may also be saying:
And with that, I'm buying paint this weekend.
(I'll keep you posted….)