A little irreverent, maybe even a little absurd.

A little irreverent, maybe even a little absurd.

31 days of cult classics | Modern Mrs Darcy

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.

louis ghost chair

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.

cozy ghost chair

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.

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19 comments

  1. Ginger says:

    I’ve been dying for a couple of these to pair with our dark table in the breakfast nook, but hubby hates them (think’s they look 80’s). I get it, but I’m still crazy about them.

  2. Gina says:

    I think they are beautiful, I love them. We have lots of inherited, beautiful wood furniture so we can’t actually have any. I love them, though.

  3. I’m a fan. I wanted to get a chair like that for my little office, but ended up getting something different. But we have clear acrylic nesting tables that are kind of similar, and I LOVE them. They do get a LOT of fingerprints on them, but they are easy to clean.

  4. Allison says:

    Nope. Not for me. They look like they’d be sticky – you know, if you were sitting on them in shorts.

  5. I think they’re super cool! They’re not for me — I really like the feel of natural materials in my house, plus there’s the fingerprint factor — but in the right space, they’d be amazing.

  6. sarah k says:

    I have to admit, the first time I saw these on a blog I thought they were hideous and ridiculous. Now, I still wouldn’t spring for them unless I had a lot of extra money lying around–but I wouldn’t say no if I found one or two for cheap (ha! as if that is likely to happen!).

  7. Betsy says:

    Your 31 days of cult classics is a great education for me! I’ve lived outside of America for 21 of my adult years, so I missed out on a lot of things.

    Lous Ghost Chairs? Had never heard of them. I think they’d look great in some one else’s house, but maybe not in mine. I don’t like the idea of having to windex my chairs…

  8. Melissa says:

    We just got these (well, knock offs on Amazon) for our dining room! I obsessed for over a year because I knew I really loved them, but they are pretty out there. Happily, I regret nothing and my husband even came around. So far fingerprints and smudges haven’t been too bad. The chair with the high chair strapped in looks particularly interesting.

    • Anne says:

      I love these but we don’t have any at home. We’ve stayed in places that have them, and we have had to use the Windex on them. But all those tiny kids’ fingerprints came right off with a few squirts.

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