Chiavari Paragina Chair by Fratelli Levaggi

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Chiavari Paragina Chair by Fratelli Levaggi

2,800.00

*Chair: delicate black wood frame with wicker seat
Chiavari Paragina chair by Fratelli Levaggi, 1807
Handmade chair built w/black-dyed aged beech
Ultra thin India cane-woven seat-fineness of cloth
Warm glue construction free of metal and plastic
Anti-industrial “Companino,” manufacturing with
Hand turned, hand built and hand worked surfaces
37.5”ht 16.5”w 16”dp 18”seat ht             $2800
*Chiavari Chair Notes:
Classic Italian Chiavari "Paragina" chair concieved by Guiseppe Gaetano Descalzi in 1807 and produced by Fratelli Levaggi-four real brothers: Gabriel, Rinaldo, Italo and Ettore who took over their Ligurian workplace where they continue to work today.
The same studio is responsible for Gio Ponti's famous Superleggera chair of the fifties and a number of other elegant and whimsical variations of this basic design.
The Paragina had returned to favor in the Postwar years and remains to this day a marvel of handwork where the old world impresses and woos the new world with it's own radical version of form and function and production.
The same chair design offered here figures prominently in a scene from another era where it supports Mme. Brisson in an 1893 Manet-like painting by Marcel Andre Bashet.
Handmade chair built with black-dyed aged beech and
ultra thin India cane-woven seat with the fineness of cloth
Warm glue construction free of metal and plastic
Anti-industrial “Companino,” manufacturing with emphasis on high quality natural materials, hand worked surfaces and labor intensive artisan assembly.
Creator: Fratelli Levaggi/Guiseppe Gaetano Descalzi
*Chiavari Chair Notes:
“The chair:
Elegant and refined, the "Chiavari Chair" manufactured in the F. lli Levaggi workroom preserves through slim light shapes the secret of an extraordinary robustness due to their manufacturing technology thought out since 1807. The authentic jewels of "made in Italy" handicraft, are available today with a modern and refined design meeting the taste of who appreciates the quality of artistic handicraft furnishing.
The manufacturing technique used by "F.lli Levaggi" is still the traditional one, patented by "Campanino" in 1807: everything is handmade, yielding robustness to the chair, but at the same time lightness together with simple elegance, making it suitable for all kinds of furnisher. The wood is carefully selected; cut into planks of different sizes, stacked up outside, in the best way to achieve a perfect natural seasoning. Once ready, after about four years, the components of the chair are extracted from the wood according its natural bending giving to this product its so appreciated robustness. Some parts are perforated with the "mortasa", ancient horizontal drill and then worked out by hand to eliminate even the smallest inaccuracies.
At the end the chair is joint assembled and every component is attached with warm glue without use of any metallic parts. The seat is created directly upon the structure, according to the "Campanino" technique: expert weavers interlace, according to a specific rule, thin fibers of canna of India, just like a cloth. Once pulled together, the chair needs to be varnished, the coating can be transparent, opaque or colored according to the customer requirements. The continuous improvement of manufacturing techniques, the knowledge about mechanical, strength and flexibility features of every kind of wood and natural glue components, all contribute to make the chair of Chiavari a masterpiece of artistic handicraft.
Services
The manufacturing is exclusively in wood for daily usage and for insides. Wood colors: natural Beech, walnut dyed Beech, rosewood dyed Beech, mahogany dyed Beech, black dyed Beech, cherry Tree natural polished. To request they can be performed dyed on champion (with reserve). They perform themselves laccature with reference color to the universal catalog "RAL". Some models can be supplied with the imbottitura of the covered session in original damask of the Tigullio. Woven colors: on champion. Times of Delivers: can vary from 30 gg. to 90 gg. from the orofne in connection to the type of chair/seat and to the number of the pieces. Payment to agree. The weight of an individual chair can vary from kg. 1,800 to kg. 2,500 ca. The weight of an individual seat can vary from kg. 3,000 to kg. 4,500. They perform themselves venofte and speofzioni all over the world - careful Packing
The history
In 1795 Gaetano Descalzi, nicknamed "il Campanino" opened his own workroom, this happened only after being the pupil of one of the best master carpenters, commonly known as "bancalari", of Chiavari. After a few years (1807), understanding the innovative esthetic needs of the period and encouraged by the Economical Society of Chiavari, "il Campanino" designed a new chair, solid and with a modern fashion, it was light and very usable and had a sober elegance matched together with some neoclassical hints. The new product was immediately distinguished by its original simplicity, by the essential design and the shape, and above all, by the new manufacturing technique unique in Europe.
The technical production, moreover complicated, took advantage of the knowledge of wood flexibility and bending, as well as of the careful selection of the kind of wood (wild cherry tree, beech, maple), result of a costant and strict handicraft work: a well known tradition in the Chiavari district. So, according to the historians, "the chair of Chiavari" came to birth, also named "chiavarina", till nowadays. Now the chair of Chiavari, even improving the manufacturing techniques and updating the collection with new models, maintains its original ancient peculiarity two hundred years old and symbolizes an authentic "made in Italy" product, appreciated all over the world.
The firm
The F. lli Levaggi firm is a family of extremely skilled craftsmen; they build on their own all the models of their collection in a working environment where every touch is the result of an experience reached in beyond fifty years of activity. Sensitive to the pure esthetic and to the care of details: these are the secrets and the merit of our firm, that also make the Chiavari chair unique. Our working process meets tradition with refined stylistic solutions creating high quality "masterpieces" appreciated by the most demanding designers and interior decorators, able to enrich and complete every environment and type of furnishing.
The F.lli Levaggi’s neon light - original manufacturing of Chiavari art chair - reveals the firm’s vocation: to safeguard and to diffuse the precious chiavari ebony tradition through the production of an article, typical of the artistic ligurian handicraft. Every product released from the F. lli Levaggi workroom is fire branded to guarantee quality and the origin. In our showroom in Chiavari, via Parma 469, you may find a wide variety of "chiavarine" models with new proposals.
«I agree with those who say that, often, beautiful things come easy, without seeking them. I was no more than a boy when I felt the desire to increase my knowledge about wood dedicating myself to its transformation in furnishing objects. A passion coming from my father who learned it from his father who knew every secret about wood. In the 50’s the production of the "chiavarina" had reached very intensive levels. There were at least fifteen workrooms only in Chiavari and... I just had to start. Then I decided to learn more about that job moving my first steps along with real master craftsmen This job gave me immediately great satisfaction and acknowledgment, because it’s creative, full of stimuli and different every day. Besides, I was very proud of making an object gaining fame to Chiavari all over the world.» When, in the 70’s, the chair market started to fall, my brothers Alessio, Italo, Ettore and I, bought out the firm where we were working, pulling together our efforts to carry on a so important tradition. We surely had hard days but, day after day, our strength increased and our winning choice of not industrializing the “F.lli Levaggi” firm was the right one, a workroom where still today the chairs are hand made according to the ancient “Campanino” technique.» From an interview to Rinaldo Levaggi - Dean of the firm

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