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Gio Ponti frequently cited the chairs of Chiavari as a significant source of inspiration for his design. Subsequent research about Chiavari chairs yielded these two videos which I thought others might be interested in. Don't expect drawknives and steam bending, but there are at least a million other things to learn from watching these videos over and over again.
The first is a short history of the Chiavari chair. Watch for Franco Casoni's friendly treatment of his statue.
Fratelli Levaggi is a factory in Chiavari that makes these classic chairs. This video details a new design. The music makes you feel like you are on an epic adventure, which is exactly how the workshop feels when everything is going right. Enjoy!