Louis Ghost Armchair

This clear polycarbonate chair, designed by Philippe Starck in 2002, is a post-modernist take on the classic form of the Louis XV armchair and is one of my favorite armchairs on the market.  While it comes in a variety of colors and shades, the most popular "crystal" color is often what you see in homes.  Because of it's translucency and classic design it can be adapted into almost any design style with any color palette.  Another plus is that it is ideal for cluttered or small spaces. Like other clear furniture, the chair vanishes against it's background (hence "ghost chair") allowing it to be present but not stand out.  It creates an unabstructed view, but still serves it's purpose in a simple and elegant way. Read more about the Louis Ghost Armchair and it's construction at Design Within Reach.  Also, I would love to know what you think.  Do you feel it blends in with any interior, or do you think it should stick with a more modern aesthetic?  

images: David Netto, unknown, kartell, kaboodle, decorpad, house beautiful, home garden designs, living etc., flickr, country home


  1. I like Stark's chair when it is a ghost - in a busy, cluttered, or colorful space, where it is the one incongruent, transparent piece. The first and the second-to-last photos you shared are the ones I like. The others fall flat for me.

  2. Thanks for the comment Jennifer. I love when pieces in a room make you stop and think, and I feel those two photos illustrate how the ghost chair does that.