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September 14, 2012

Happy Anniversary, Louis Ghost.

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It's been 10 years since Philippe Starck designed the Louis Ghost Chair, and yet, this transparent marvel continues to shock, amuse and amaze those who see it for the first time. For those of us who've loved it for a decade, the honeymoon isn't over. (Although, I would suggest that Starck design a Ghost in glow-in-the-dark plastic so I'll stop tripping over it at night.)

Louis Ghost Chair at DWR

Reinventing the classic Louis XV armchair for Kartell, the playful Louis Ghost is a postmodern triumph of technical innovation and historical style. Translating the varied lines and formal geometry of its predecessor into a single form of translucent injection-molded polycarbonate, the Louis Ghost is a robust chair with a medallion backrest for leisurely comfort.

When interviewed about the collection by the Dallas Morning News, Starck commented that it “has a mix of materials and styles based on our shared memories. We all own this piece in a way. The chair is well balanced; I try to be balanced myself.”


All quite right, ... except that it's the classicism of Louis XVI, rather than the Rococo curves of Louis XV that Stark's chair evokes.

Ohh - ten years old? I had never seen this before. It's eye catching (for a transparent chair)!

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