I’d like to give you a brief introduction to the world of the Ghost Chair. Here I will try to outline some of the salient aspects of this most aesthetic provider of seating. Just because I think they’re rather special, and hopefully you will too.
So what is a Ghost Chair? Well, without mincing words, it’s basically a lightweight plastic chair, and most famously it’s almost entirely transparent to look at, although you can also get it in an assortment of other colors. It’s constructed using a mold-injected polycarbonate, which gives it a really high quality feel. If you take a moment to actually examine this chair you’ll see that this isn’t your mediocre garden-variety plastic chair, rather it’s a very sleek and stylishly refined alternative to a more traditional chair for the home.
Ghost chairs have been around for almost a decade now. They first appeared in 2002 when French designer Philippe Starck teamed up with Italian manufacturers of furniture, Kartell. The premise was to take something classic, ornate, extravagant and decidedly outdated for the modern consumer, and turn it into something that offers him value through form, function and postmodern style, while still maintaining a distilled version of the original chair.
What Starck initially chose for inspiration was a chair from the era of Louis XV, often referred to as the epoch of Rococo. Its prominent features – the lavish upholstery, exuberant engravings and curved legs & back – were refined and became the iconic Louis Ghost model you see today. This is the model I own and it remains my favorite. It sits unobtrusively pretty much anywhere in my house. I can shuffle it around to fit my needs and it always looks cool. If I’ve got guests over it provides an ample extra seat. I’ve also been using it in my bedroom as a nightstand. It just somehow creates a sense of space for other objects around it.
There are a few models that have been added to the Kartell Ghost Chair range since the Louis Ghost’s inception. One that’s related is the Lou Lou Ghost. It’s essentially a smaller, kids’ version of the original. Then there’s the Victoria Ghost, whose predominant feature is the lack of arm rests and generally more narrow appearance. Perhaps a little more discreet than its big brother. To round it off we have the Charles Ghost. This one could be called the Ghost Stool, because that’s exactly what it is. Otherwise it retains the trademark Starck flair.