ARTISTIC HANDICRAFTS

Artistic craftsmanship in the Italian Riviera di Levante

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Chiavari chair

The Chiavari Chairs, whose name, "Campanina", comes from the person who invented them in the early 1800s, are recognized by their slender, rounded shape which respects the natural curves of the wood.
They are exceptionally light, due to the type of wood used (originally maple, though today cherry and beech are used), but also particularly strong, thanks to the particular assembly technique, whereby the pieces are fit and pasted each other using a hot glue.
The cane seats are woven directly onto the chairs using 4 strips of willow bark.
This work is always performed by hand.
The Campanino chairs are also very popular abroad and are still produced in various small workshops in Chiavari.