Wedding Chiavari Chair : Classic Elegance of Italian Origin

The Chiavari Chair is a classic, elegant and timeless chair that has graced the world for over 200 years. Although feminine, graceful and delicate in appearance, these chairs are strong and sturdy. Utility paired with elegance. The perfect chair for an elegant affair, indoors or outdoors. The compilation above includes original Chiavari chairs and the evolution to the most common derivative that we see today in the stacking rental chair, referred to as the “Tiffany Chair”. It is no wonder that this chair has evolved into what has become known to as the classic wedding chair. I have always been enamored by this chair. Once again, it is the history and understanding that deepens my appreciation. History unites to position this remarkable chair on its own pedestal, which it certainly deserves….

The Chiavari chair is named after the coastal Italian town of Chiavari (pronounced shi-VAR-ee), from which this stunning chair originated. Chiavari is within the Province of Genoa, in the region of Liguria. Situated near the Entella River it is surrounded by mountains except on the southwest, where it meets the Mediterranean Sea. A beautiful setting from which to visualize this chair’s history. Since the year 1200, Chiavari, Italy, was known for the production of elaborately hand carved furniture. Quite the history.

In 1807, local cabinet maker and renowned craftsman Giuseppe Gaetano Descalzi (also referred to as Campanino) modeled his infamous design after several Parisian chairs were brought to him byMarquis Stefano Rivarola, Ambassador of the Republic of Genoa, founder of the Economic Society of Chiavari. (Of note, the Descalzi brothers had opened their famous furniture workshop in 1795). After returning from a recent trip to Paris, Rivarola brought back several chairs for the craftsmen of Chiavari to create quality replicas. It is said that the French design had only one crossbar on the backrest and no spindles. It was the goal of Descalzi to create a unique chair that was lightweight, utilitarian, yet possibly first and foremost, elegant. Descazi evaluated the chairs and then redesigned them, making changes to the shape of the backrest, the legs and improvements to the seat. Descalzi christened his creation “Chiavarina, or little Chiavari”. It is believed that the design was based on the Louis XV panel-back side chair, but without the upholstery. Additionally, the Chiavari chair is noted as a type of “Balloon-Backed” chair and it is also thought that the creation of this chair began with the “Bell Ringer” design (Descalzi was nicknamed “Bell Ringer”, apparently in connection with his parent’s occupation as bell ringers). Who knew?

Descalzi, indeed, succeeded in designing a chair that not only incorporated the Neo-Classical look of the period, but a chair that was practical and of quality. An elegant and sturdy design created by a visionary! The flawless design of the Chiavari chairs are easily recognizable with their spindle frame construction and ladder-like back paired with short, vertical spindles on the upper backrest. The distinctive double row of spindles at the chairs legs add to the elegance and appeal of this chair. Of note, today there is one factory in Chiavari, Italy, the Fratelli Levaggi chair factory that have been replicating these chairs by hand for 50 years ( Interestingly, the factory is in the same location where the Chiavari chair was originally formed. The beauty of quality,lasting craftsmanship continuing onward to today- offering the future a timeless and enduring design made by skilled hands. The power of craftsmanship!

The Chiavari chair has certainly inspired countless versions over the years. It quickly made the transition from the dining room the great halls of grand ballrooms. Since the beginning, it has been a basic at royal functions and has included many infamous individuals who have perched from this historic chair such as Queen Victoria, Napoleon and King Fernando of Spain. What a history!

Chiavari chairs have now become a staple at elegant social occasions and stylish soiree’s all over the world. Although there are many versions, the resemblances to the original are evident. The design of this beautiful chair has certainly set the standard as the premier chair for elegant banquets and weddings. These slim chairs provide spacious seating at tables, an asset for any event. The ways to adorn these chairs are countless. The options available in finishes are also countless. Today theChiavari chair can be found in several colors and materials including lightweight acrylic, bamboo, brass, steel, aluminum, resin and of course, beech wood. Stained in mahogany or walnut, metallic finishes of silver and gold, painted finishes in a multitude of solid or even bright colors, the options that this chair provides can certainly match a design palate of any stylish event. Whether the warmth of the gold or the cool modern appeal of the silver, this chair is sure to add to the attractiveness of a stellar affair.

From the beginning of the 19th century to today, the pairing of the sleek, yet delicate lines and graceful design matched with the strength of the material equates a masterpiece that has stood the test of time. Whether this chair is used at an elegant affair or found within the interior of a home, its simplicity and lightness adds an aura of classic elegance, indeed. Consider the Chiavari chair as sculpture within an interior. If you are fortunate to have acquired an original Chaivari chair, a prized asset it is sure to be. Fortunately, there is a a Chiavari styled chair in affordable price ranges for every interior. A significant, incomparable chair.

The folding legs table

Clean-cut and fascinatingly stylish, the newest table designs are strikingly simple, yet magnificent. With brands such as Ikea taking over the consumer market, it is ever so hard for elite furniture designers to create models which can satisfy the client’s need for simplicity and functionality at the same time. However, there are many an option for any kind of home already. Most stores will be able to provide excellent diversity no matter the purpose, space available, and dimensions sought. The problem is: how do we begin our search for the perfect table?

The Purpose

Do we need a small, short-legged, and sturdy coffee table for our living room or do we need to have a folding legs table for our workshop? This is the main question we need to answer first. Other types include the large dining table, known to us from the various movies and our parents’ family villa, the lovely four-person round-top table for modern-day dining, and of course the typical wicker garden dining table.

Width and Height

These are the basics, too. If you need a coffee table, or something you can use for a table to take thing from – the lower the height the better. However, for fully fledged dining purposes, you will need a table with enough height to have a comforting and enjoyable meal on a daily basis. Only exception are those meant for Japanese-style dining rooms where you sit on the floor or on soft cushions.

The width depends entirely on the space available and the amount of people you plan using it. Standard tables are made for four people, though they may still be a bit crowded if you plan on serving according to the etiquette.

Colours, Textures, Materials

Go with the fashion; you can never be wrong with natural materials and textures. The new year came with an exceptional trend – nature, space, and magic. Marble-imitating wall covering, stone-based façades, opal-made table tops. Yes, natural gemstones, rocks, minerals, woods, and even flowers will make your home or workshop look pretty, modern, trendy, but also welcoming.

Whatever you wish to use your table for, keep in mind the budget. Although there are exceptional offers for trendy and haute-couture tables on the market, you may also consider the low-cost replicas, just in case. The real challenge is picking one of the many suitable options, but we are certain you can do it best!

Adding A Personal Touch To Existing Monuments

Ceramic photos for headstones have been one of the most remarkable ways to add an exquisite personal touch to an existing monument. Whether placed on a grave marker, headstone or even a mausoleum niche, the ceramic pictures add interesting personal touches that are elegant and delicate.


Paying tribute to a lost one can be best achieved with ceramic photos for headstones. The picture is always realistic and portrays a special way of calling out the people who pass by to make them stop and look at the headstone. Even if they didn’t know the deceased, the ceramic photos for headstones add a certain realistic touch and have come a long way from where they were first created.

There is a wide variety of ceramic photos for headstones you can choose on the marketplace. Also known as ceramic pictures, cemetery pictures, headstone pictures, grave marker pictures, memorial pictures or just ceramic photos – the main difference in each lies in the style of the ceramic plate.

There are number of styles for ceramic photos for headstones. For example, a memorial photo is an oval and full color ceramic photo – while a headstone picture is the same shape but in black and white colors, resembling the loss of a loved one. The ceramic pictures for grave markers are quite popular, just as the ceramic photos for headstones.


The truth is, ceramic photos for headstones have been an all-time choice for people losing a loved one. The ethereal appearance of the gray tones creates a remarkable image of someone very loved – bringing a tear to the eye every time the photo is seen.

The advantage of modern technology has additionally brought changes in headstones. Ceramic photos for headstones can now be corrected when needed, accented with a beautiful background or even combining an image of two people. They can be even supplied upon request – and previewed and modified if necessary – before the photo goes to production.

Ceramic photos for headstones are eternal and capture a moment that relives the still image. Ideal for memorials and stone monuments, they open a door for many future generations to be abreast of the deceased and gain a sense of the time and days before as well as the personality of their loved ones.