Chiavari chairs are named for the Italian city where they originated. This little town, located between Genoa and the Cinque Terre, began producing these chairs at the beginning of the 19th century. It was here in 1795 that the Descalzi brothers opened their famous furniture workshop. In 1807, Gaetano Descalzi designed a light, elegant, yet solid, cherrywood chair – the chair Chiavarine.
The chair jumped from the dining room to the ballroom – and has become the classic wedding chair. From White House events to weddings all over the country, this chair is the workhorse of event chairs. The Chiavari has inspired its share of designers and several versions now exist.