The Klismos chair emerged in Greece between 700-400 B.C. and was typically made of wood with a fabric or animal hide cushion. During this time period, the type of furniture one sat in indicated their social status. A chair with a back such as the Klismos indicated a higher social standing and was created for woman of status as a chair for domestic comfort. However the chair did cross genders and social barriers after its creation as it was lighter and more comfortable than the throne-like chairs typical for people of status in those days. The Greek Klismos chair inspired & influenced the French Directoire, English Regency & American Federal Style during the 1800’s, and the design is still used today for formal yet comfortable seating.