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The Versatile Louis Ghost Chair: A Modern
Design Classic for Every Home

The Versatile Louis Ghost Chair: A Modern Design Classic for Every Home

This playful and daring chair was designed as a fresh, modern version of the clumsy and blooming Louis XVI chairs found in places like the Palace of Versailles or in mansions of French aristocrats.  The Louis Ghost Chair is an extravagant mix of classic style and modern technology.  This extraordinary piece of furniture with its extravagant and fascinating charisma is a great, dazzling addition to any modern interior.

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The design of the Louis Ghost Chair was created in 2002 by Philippe Starck, an innovative French industrial and interior designer.  However, the history of the chair shape goes back to the 18th century.  Starck was inspired by the French decorative style that was used during the reign of Louis XVI.  Was developed.  The art-historical style is a mixture of decorative rococo and more vinegar neoclassicism.  Starck has successfully reinvented the opulent baroque form and brought it back into the 21st century.  The prototype of the Louis Ghost Chair was first shown in the spotlight in 2002 at the International Furniture Fair in Milan.  The chair was well received by critics and audiences and was an instant hit and soon after was brought into mass production.  It is commercially available under the Kartell brand.  The chair is made in Italy.


The chair can be described as the epitome of baroque in a contemporary, exciting clothing.  The overall look of the chair is extraordinarily appealing and stylish, which should come as no surprise given that it is one of the items on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  It’s very proportional and balanced and the use of the clear polycarbonate makes it look both airy and light.  In contrast to fully upholstered furniture, it does not obstruct the room in which it is set up, but improves the perception of spaciousness and makes it a perfect chair for modern “tiny” living.

Although the chair looks like a masterpiece of modern art, it is fully functional and very comfortable.  Despite its translucent and fading appearance, the chair is known for its durability.  This delicate looking piece of furniture is weather, scratch and shock resistant.  The chair is injection molded in one piece.  The seamless shape of the chair without joints or binders makes it even more robust and stable.  It can also be stacked six high to save storage space.

The oval back and slightly wavy armrests create a shape that should be familiar to anyone who has heard of Versailles.  The high level of comfort is due to the deep seat shell and the seat edge of the waterfall, which reduce the pressure on the back of the user’s thighs.  The chair was originally only available in translucent, clear plastic.  Today customers can order their Louis Ghost Chairs in either translucent or opaque versions.  The translucent chair is available in five colors: crystal, smoke gray, straw yellow, sunset orange and ice blue.  However, the opaque version can only be white or black, both with a glossy finish.  Despite his young age, Starck’s creation has already become a modern classic.  The innovative futuristic design in combination with the innovative use of materials has given the chair a very special place in the history of interior design.