Just before the turn of the century, designer Phillippe Starck reinvented the Louis XV armchair for the modern era, molding the timeless design from a single form of injection-molded polycarbonate, creating a unique look that’s also lightweight, stackable, and environmentally friendly.
Starck’s classically beautiful and undeniably modern design–dubbed the Louis ghost chair, because the most popular version is transparent–became an instant icon when it hit the shelves in 1999.
The ghost chair works in slick city settings thanks to its efficiency and clean lines, but its traditional proportions harmonize with cozier styles. Its especially beloved for minimizing visual clutter in any setting.
Starck’s clever take on a classic piece continues to inspire raving fans–and more than its fare share of haters. The ghost chair doesn’t appeal to a huge audience: it’s a little irreverent, maybe even a little absurd.
That’s why we’re calling it a cult classic.
Love it or hate it? (Own it or wouldn’t DREAM of it?)
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This is the fifth post in a series, 31 Days of Cult Classics. You can click here to see a list of all the posts, updated everyday in the month of October.