Scandinavian lakeside view from dining room - When the outdoors become the focus of the indoors, as they do in this lakeside dining room, the clear seating only enhances the view.
mix of styles and accessories - Perfect for eclectic spaces where the mix of styles and accessories take center stage, Ghost chairs keep a room from seeming overstuffe
Most luxury bathroom ever seen - Such a stunning bathroom should not be cluttered with a bulky piece. The Ghost chair provides understated seating as elegant as the rest of the space.
A modern dining table calls for modern chairs - A modern dining table calls for modern seating, and the the chameleon-like nature of the ghost chair matchless.
Red kitchen design whit ghost chairs for dining
Strong design for dining area - Strong design often includes plenty of white space, which this living space certainly has. The understated quality of the Ghost chair plays up the openness of the area.
High ceilings and ghost chairs for a round table - High ceilings, big windows and lots of light -- the perfect setting for the Ghost chair, which enhances the airy feeling.
Bedroom for two divided by a table - Light and airy, the clear chair in this bedroom does not compete with the view through the beautiful window.
Ghost chairs for dining table and acrylic bar stools - In a minimalist kitchen like this one, ghost chairs and stools are the perfect choice.
Teenage room with bold colors - The lovely colored textiles and clean lines of the built-in shelving in this girl's bedroom remain the focus, thanks to the unobtrusive ghost chair.
Mimicking the transparency - Mimicking the transparency of the glass shower, the ghost chair in this bathroom fits right in with the modern design.
Modern vanity area - Not just for dining rooms and kitchens, a Ghost chair can elevate any part of your home. In this modern bath vanity area, the chair lets the unusual mirror take center stage.
Tulip round table with glass on top and chandelier above - Glamorous and elegant, this kitchen and dining area is highlighted by the Ghost chairs, which have been enhanced with neutral chair pads.
Famhouse kitchen with bits of modern - A bit of farmhouse and a bit of modern, this eclectic kitchen uses ghost chairs to tie the various dining elements together.
How to mix a farmhouse dining table with ghost chairs - Contemporary and country? Yes! The unconventional mix of decor is the perfect foil for Ghost chairs.
Modern elements for a dining room - Thoroughly modern elements play up the cutting edge nature of the Ghost chairs. Here the homeowner has added brightly colored chair pads as an accent.
Wood cabinetry kitchen design with island extension - Unadorned wood cabinetry in this warm and functional kitchen is complemented by the ghost chairs, which don't compete with the decor.
Five points residence dining area - While wood is the major design element in this contemporary dining room, the Ghost chairs fit in, allowing the wood of the wall, fireplace and table to shine.
Ghost chairs are durable and can be used for outdoor also - Whether indoors, outdoors or in a covered space in between, Ghost chairs are appropriate. Durable, easy to clean and stackable, you can be ready for guests at a moment's notice.
eclectic mix of upholstery fabrics and ghost chairs - Here, rather than complete with the eclectic mix of upholstery fabrics, the ghost chairs highlight the patterns and colors.
Small white dining table with ghost chairs - In small spaces, ghost chairs can open up a room rather than make it seem more cluttered.
Modern and exciting open space kitchen - Thoroughly modern and exciting, the chairs in this room allow the artwork to be the focal point.
Black and white striped carpet under the table and ghost chairs - This stunner of a room is the perfect place for Ghost chairs, whose most noteworthy quality could be their ability to be invisible.
Sleek and smooth dining area design with iconic furniture
Sunburst lighting syste over the dining table
Eeames tulip table and ghost chair
Open space dining room with ghost chairs
Invisible nature of the chair - The invisible nature of the chairs makes them a perfect item to mix with existing seating. Here, the addition of black end chairs would overwhelm the room, but the ghost chairs add seating without disturbing the balance.
Wood table base and gass on top plus ghost chairs - In this transitional dining room, the gnarled wood of the table base is the star, and the Ghost chairs allow you to see and appreciate the handsome piece from all angles.
In the design world, it can take decades for a piece to become iconic: Not so for Philippe Starck’s Louis Ghost chair. In little more than a decade, it has become a design staple, with more than 1.5 million of them sold.
Originally designed for the Kong restaurant in Paris in 2002, Starck’s Louis Ghost chair is special in so many ways. Why a “ghost chair”? The innovative design manages to mimic the statelier pieces of the neoclassic Louis XVI period in the sleek, modern form of a plastic chair. As The New York Times reported, “It makes Louis XV modern; it stacks to save storage space; and it sells for $198.” Even though the paper got the price wrong, they nailed the reasons for the chair’s appeal.
According to modernmom.com, the sophisticated new “neoclassical” look emerged in the period of about 1774 to 1792, replacing the heavy baroque chairs of Louis XIV’s era as well as some of the more rococo pieces of Louis the XV’s time. And while an original neoclassical chair would fit into almost any type of décor, the Ghost chair does so as well, with more utility.
The clear plastic of Starck’s design can lighten up a crowded space and make a small room appear larger. It’s also appropriate for outdoor as well as indoor use. The durable yet delicate, stackable chair has been a favorite of design aficionados since it launched.
The Ghost chair is also special because of the material and construction: It has no joints, bindings or hardware. It’s more than just another plastic chair. As flavorwire.com explains it, the piece is made by injecting polycarbonate plastic into a mold. Polycarbonate is a plastic that can be recycled. Kartell, the Italian design house that produces the chair says that this design is shock, scratch and weather resistant as well. Even if the sleek finish of the piece gets marred, the manufacturer sells products that can help remedy nicks or blemishes.
While the original was made of clear plastic, it is now available in a wide range of opaque colors — crystal, smoke, yellow, sunset orange, crystal green and ice blue. People who want to make more of a statement can buy more substantial-looking versions in glossy black or white.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that Starck, born in 1949, was the designer behind the iconic Ghost chair. His innate and fun designs have turned many ordinary items into modern favorites. According to Katrtell Los Angeles, Starck was greatly inspired by his father, an aircraft designer. Growing up with his father’s drawing boards and hands-on projects, Starck continued his design aspirations and studied in Paris, where he remained. Starck became known for his taste and style and has become one of today’s most famous and prolific designers.
Starck began designing for Kartell in the 80s and 90s. The merger of the company’s desire to develop eco-friendly, contemporary plastic furniture with Starck’s style has evolved into beautiful partnership. The creation of the Louis Ghost chair led to an entire Ghost Collection that includes the Uncle Jack Sofa, Uncle Jim Armchair, Victoria Ghost Chair, LouLou Ghost Chair (for children), La Marie Chair, Charles Ghost Stool, Francois Ghost Mirror, One More Stool that has a rounded back, the One More Please Stool with a square back, Ghost Buster Commode and, Invisible Table.
Starck’s creativity and approach to work is singular. In an interview with Achica Magazine, Starck described his process:
Every August I go to my house in Formentera, which I have had for 46 years. There is a gate and on the gate is a sign that says: ‘No visit without appointment’. When I am there I am working, working, working, night and day with my wife and it’s very boring for her. I work alone for 8-10 hours a day especially from June to the middle of September and everything is done during this time. This is my period of creativity.
Starck also described his idea of beauty:
For me the idea of beauty does not have a clear meaning. I do not know what beautiful is. For me beautiful is just a sticker. I think the real way to understand whether something is beautiful or not is to understand the balance of the parameters. When you understand the balance of the parameters this is called harmony.
With the Ghost Chair, Starck struck a phenomenal balance: elegance, modernity, beauty and function.