Small Chairs


Nineteenth Century Doll's Chair with Spindle Back and Pierced, Slatted Seat (LEO Design)


There's something I love about small chairs.  I don't have children.  I've never had a doll. But I can't pass-up a nice, small chair—be it made for a child or a toy.

It's not that I particularly like chairs.  In fact, I have always made it a point not to stock "real chairs" (they take forever to sell and take-up too much shop space until that happens).

What I like about small chairs is that they are wonderful merchandising (or home decorating) props.  One can place a small chair atop a merchandise display—a table, a shelf or a mantelpiece—and provide automatic "lift" to some featured item.  It helps to "break-up" the display area, creating a variation in height amongst the products.  In a home, a small chair can be used effectively within a collection of ceramics, to elevate a plant, or to give focus and interest on a sideboard serving spread.  (You can even keep an antique doll or teddy bear on a small chair.)

This antique chair, from the late Nineteenth Century, features a spindled back and a pierced, slatted seat.  It is most certainly for a doll (not a child) given its size (any child capable of sitting-up alone would be too big for this chair).  Click on the photo above to learn more about it.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (

We also can be found in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248