LEVAGGI CHAIRS: REST AND HAPPINES
The Levaggi brothers are craftsmen that work hard for our comfort, making chairs that are both comfortable for the body and easy on the eyes. Blaise Pascal would deduct they are working for our happiness, as he is noted for stating “You’ll find the real happiness in the rest, not the confusion.” The robust and slender chiavarine created in the Levaggis’ company in Chiavari (Liguria) prove the philosopher right: all you have to do is look at them, and then sit down.
The art of cabinet making enjoys a time-honored tradition in Chiavari. Wild cherry, beech, and maple wood – each one with its specific elasticity and curvature – have been the favorite material of the town’s skillful craftsmen from time immemorial.
One of these artisans, the furniture maker Gaetano Descalzi, known as “il Campanino”, designed the chiavarina’s prototype at the end of the 1700s, defining the features that, with all due changes, still form its essence today: solidity, modern style, lightness, functionality, and streamlined, elegant shape. A favorite of royal courts across Europe, this special chair quickly gained widespread success.
The original knowledge and skills it stemmed from have not been lost in the centuries; its lightness is to this day the darling daughter of hands able to cut and smooth down, weave and assemble. So we can still enjoy its beauty, and then happily sit down.