In our new house, I want to use the Philippe Starck ghost chairs at my dining room table. I noticed these chairs this past spring in several decor magazines and think that the ironic mix of the traditional Louis XV shape with the transparent polycarbonate material will complete the look I am going for. Made by the Italian company Kartell, these chairs cost a little over three hundred dollars, which isn’t too bad for the chair that is being called “the chair of the decade”.
Ivan Luini, who was the founder and president of Kartell U.S. Inc., died in September 2006 in a small plane crash. Mr. Luini helped to rebrand plastic and bring high design to the United States, while opening Kartell stores in NYC, Miami, San Francisco, Atlanta, Boston and Los Angeles.
I read on the internet that there are plans to add “Kartell’s plastic chairs, storage units and lighting to a new chain of hotels and restaurants designed by Philippe Starck, which are expected to open next year, according to Michele Caniato, Mr. Starck’s agent”. I can’t wait to see that!
Besides dining chairs, the Louis Ghost can be used as a side chair, stackable outdoor chair, or at a desk or vanity. Now my only problem is deciding if I want all four chairs to have arms, or if I want to purchase a couple of the armless Victoria version…