The Ghost Chair: A History

Philippe Starck's ghost chair, an iconic chair in transparent lucite

The Ghost Chair—paranormal-inspired pastiche, or one of the most iconic chair designs of the 21st century? Since 2002, Philippe Starck’s fantastical phantom seat has been proving itself firmly the latter. Fashioned from a single piece of transparent plastic, the Ghost Chair is visually striking, yet at the same time hardly there, making it a priceless asset in apartments with steadily shrinking square footage. Possessing the unique ability to be layered, a Ghost Chair can roost just about anywhere.

Officially dubbed the Louis Ghost Chair, Starck’s seat takes its name from the stately style put into play by King Louis XVI and his bride Marie Antoinette. During the duo’s reign, a renewed interest in classical Greek and Roman design developed. The fascination manifested itself in architectural elements, such as fluted table legs, fauteil chair backs, and embellishments like the la pomme de pin (a spire styled after a pinecone) and la guirlande (a sort of one-sided swag). In particular, a chair with a rectangular or round upholstered back, clean lines, column-like carved legs, and an exposed wood frame—had staying power, eventually earning the name of the monarch, becoming known as the Louis XVI Chair. This formal upholstered chair remains one of the most popular chair designs to this day, and is a timeless classic.

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Philippe Starck, Master of Illusions

Since its inception the Louis XVI chair has seen all manner of designer interpretations, but traditionally all iterations have relied on some kind of upholstery and wood construction. However, a French designer by the name of Philippe Starck had something else in mind. Born in 1949, Starck, a school dropout, kick-started his career by designing a pair of nightclub interiors in Paris in the 1970s, a time when using Lucite for furniture and décor was all the rage. The Frenchman has since become one of the world’s most acclaimed designers, known for his subversive and uncanny approach to design. The Philippe Starck Ghost Chair is a perfect example of that signature style…

Mimicked in Acrylic: Antique Furniture, Renewed

Leave it to Starck to turn royal style on its head. In 2002, Starck reinvented the classic Louis XVI armchair for Italian design company Kartell , which is renowned for its innovative use of plastics. The designer distilled the antique furniture piece down into one silhouette, translating its round, medallion-shaped backrest, curved arms, and straight legs into a single clear plastic chair. Calling upon not only the reign of Louis XVI, but on ancient Greek geometry, the chair was prankish and playful but also a post-modern triumph. As Starck himself said, the chair “has a mix of materials and styles based on our shared memories. We all own this piece in a way.” Needless to stay, the Louis Ghost Chair was an instant success.

Philippe Starck reinvented the classic Louis XVI armchair for Italian design company Kartell in transparent lucite

Seamless Specter: Kartell’s Innovative Polycarbonate

One of the most magnificent features of the Ghost Chair is not immediately apparent to the eye—it’s how it’s made. The iconic chair required significant technical innovation to come to life, as it’s made of a transparent injection-molded polycarbonate, which uses a single mold. This means that the entire chair is a single piece—no screws, upholstery, or separate arms and legs. Because it’s plastic, and because there are no joints (which could freeze or crack in the rain or cold), the Ghost Chair performs particularly well outdoors, making it a go-to for elevated outdoor venues.

A far cry from its stuffy (and heavy) ancestral armchair, the Louis Ghost Chair is also remarkably lightweight, and easy to lift and move around. Better yet, it’s stackable (up to six chairs high).

Kartell's single clear plastic chair with round, medallion-shaped backrest, curved arms, and straight legs

The Legacy of the Ghost Chair

Twenty years after its release, the Ghost Chair remains an omnipresent fixture in interiors. To complement the Ghost Chair, Starck and Kartell have also released coordinating pieces: the Victoria Ghost Chair (an armless acrylic side chair), One More Counter Stool and Barstool (an acrylic armless counter and bar stool, respectively), and the Charles Ghost Stool (a transparent backless stool). Additionally, the Ghost Chair has been recast in a rainbow of colored acrylics, as well as glossy black and white matte. The Ghost Chair has even been released in a miniature size, “Lou Lou Ghost,”—because kids need designer furniture, too!

Beyond Starck’s own purview, we’ve seen the Ghost Chair influence countless other contemporary designs. There are, of course, the straightforward knockoffs, but numerous contemporary designers and furniture makers have debuted compelling, elegant, and playful Ghost “inspired” Lucite chair and furniture designs. The chair’s visual lightness and its ability to fade into the background have made it a clever and chic remedy for small spaces where visual clutter collects quickly.

Making the Louis Ghost Your Own

While it’s true the Ghost Chair is a statement piece, hosting the ghost chair in your own home is easier than you might think. Because the Ghost Chair straddles both traditional and contemporary design—thanks to its classic silhouette and modern material—the Ghost Chair possesses a virtually unmatched design mutability. Designers love the Ghost Chair for the way in which it supersedes time and place, nesting into Brooklyn Brownstones just as seamlessly (some might say literally) as ultra-modern penthouses. Ghost chairs can serve a very functional purpose as well. Unlike traditional dining chairs, Ghost Chairs don’t mask a dining table’s base, making them ideal for tables with sculptural pedestal bases or legs. The same goes for textiles like pillows or sheepskins. Placed atop a Ghost Chair’s seat, textiles appear to float, offering up a jovial trompe l’oeil effect. Apartments and rooms with a hemmed-in footprint can also make wise use of a Ghost Chair. In a studio apartment, double ghost chairs floated opposite the foot of a bed can create a seating area that doesn’t look visually cramped—even if it is.  Though some designers and industry insiders feel that the Ghost Chair has passed its prime, we’re confident this iconic chair is not going anywhere. Sneak it in somewhere… a ghost is spookiest when it’s least expected.

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A ghost chair may sound like a cryptic piece of furniture, but they’re actually quite attractive, and as a design, serve several practical purposes—none of which include scaring the bejesus out of you. As a more formal introduction, the original Ghost chair was officially named the Louis Ghost Chair, referencing another famous piece of furniture, the Louis XVI Chair. The ubiquitous armchair design was popularized during the infamous French king’s reign, featuring an exposed wood frame with an upholstered seat, armrests, and round or square back.

The iconic Louis XVI Chair is indeed a timeless traditional design that’s been popular since its inception in the 1700s. In 2002, French designer Philippe Starck reimagined the chair design in a revolutionary way: He made it plastic. A solid piece of clear plastic, to be specific.

Manufactured and sold by Italian furniture company Kartell , the Louis Ghost Chair simplified the elegant lines of its predecessor into a seamless, geometric chair that could be molded out of a single piece of polycarbonate. Despite being like nothing else on the market, Starck’s Louis Ghost Chair was an instant success.

Surprisingly comfortable, it has graced the pages of high-end design magazines and cozied up to formal and modern furniture alike. Because the chair is transparent (though also produced in several color tints, solid matte white, and glossy black), it acts as a chameleon and can easily work in any space, no matter the design style or color palette. The ghost chair is just as appropriate around a dining room table as it is flanking a living room fireplace or tucked under a desk.

The fact that the chair is see-through also makes it a brilliant small-space furniture solution . The (admittedly already slim) armchair takes up no visual space, so it doesn’t crowd a room, and light can pass through it, helping maintain the airiness of any sized space. An additional perk of the Louis Ghost Chair? Because it’s one solid piece of plastic without any joints or screws, the designer chair is inherently durable and can handle being left outside in the rain and cold. Oh, and did we mention they’re stackable?

After such success with the Louis Ghost Chair, Starck didn’t end his plastic furniture design there. He went on to develop other pieces that would become part of the “ Ghost Family ,” as Kartell calls it. The Victoria Ghost Chair is a similarly shaped accent chair without arms, blending the antique-inspired back with the straight lines of the legs and seat. There’s also a Lou Lou Ghost (a mini Louis Ghost Chair for children, naturally), a Charles Ghost (a backless stool), a Ghost Buster (a squat bookshelf), and several other plastic relatives.

With such success also comes imitation. Kartell’s production of the Starck Louis Ghost Chair retails at $445 a piece, so it’s no surprise designers and furniture companies saw the demand for a more affordable version, as well as more transparent plastic furniture in general. Check out several more affordable options of the Louis Ghost Chair (and a few of its relatives), below.

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The History Of The Louis Ghost Chair: 5 Things You Need To Know About Philippe Starck's Masterpiece

This glam chair has a royal connection.

Since then, he's established a reputation in a dizzying array of fields spanning from architecture to product design and touching on everything in between. His legacy is vast and widespread, but among his many accomplishments, one of the best-known is his iconic lucite Louis Ghost chair.

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Unusually for such an archetypal piece of furniture, the Louis Ghost is relatively new to the scene; Starck released the design for Kartell in 2002. From that point onward, the design has been endlessly copied and riffed upon. Much like the Egg chair before it, this proved to be the hallmark of an instant classic.

Need a crash course in the Louis Ghost's backstory? Here are 5 fast facts you should know:

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1. it was inspired by louis xvi..

The Louis Ghost was inspired by an even more infamous moment in furniture design history. The Louis XVI chair, called the goût grec when it first caught on , was a simple, upholstered armchair popularized during the ill-fated reign of Louis XVI and his queen, Marie Antoinette.

2. It's a single, unbroken piece.

Like several other iconic chairs, including the Eames fiberglass armchair , the Louis Ghost owes a lot of its resonance to its engineering — Kartell, the company that makes the chair, created it from polycarbonate plastic . However, unlike other molded chairs, the Louis Ghost is exceptional because the plastic is injected into a single mold, meaning that the entire piece is made in one fell swoop.

3. It inspired a sibling chair, the Victoria.

The Louis Ghost proved so popular that it inspired Starck and Kartell to create another, related chair. The Victoria Ghost is aesthetically very similar to the Louis, but takes its shape from a baroque style of seating. Other spin-offs of the Louis Ghost include the One More barstool and counter stool .

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4. It's designed for indoor-outdoor use.

Most of us would likely think twice before putting a chair that costs several hundred dollars out on the patio, but the Ghost is actually designed for indoor-outdoor use. According to Decaso , the chair holds up well against the elements, in part because it is plastic, and has no joints that could crack or warp from exposure.

5. It's not limited to lucite anymore.

The original Louis Ghost was made in crystal clear Lucite, and this remains the most iconic version. However, over the years, Kartell has expanded the line to cater to a wide variety of different palettes. Now, you can buy it in a range of delicate translucent shades including blush and lavender, or in two solid hues, black and white.

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Louis Ghost Chair (2002)

Unmistakably inspired by 18th century louis xvi design, louis ghost chair is an inexpensive, stackable and modern piece. more than 2 milions have been sold, according to its manufacturer, kartell..

The Louis Ghost Armchair

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The chair’s transparency gives off an ethereal, almost ghost-like presence; it is, in other words, conspicuously inconspicuous, a piece of see-through, at the same time enhancing the visibility of its sitting occupant, who, in addition, sees himself discreetly aggradized by the throne -like armrests and medallion back. The Ghost broke tradition, going beyond the 20th century’s diffused notion that plastic was nothing more than cheap and disposable, and yet Starck placed it on a par with wood and metal as a high-end design material.

Kartell Louis Ghost

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The story of the Louis Ghost Chair, as is its full name, begins with Louis XVI , the XVIII century king of France. During the reign of the 19-year-old monarch and his better half, Marie Antoinette, a renewed interested in classical Greek and Roman designs developed, manifesting itself in all sorts of architectural and interior design trends quickly developing throughout the king’s reign. One such was the furnishing of a chair with a rectangular or round upholstered back, clean lines, column-like carved legs, and an exposed wood frame; in return, this chair style earned the name of the monarch, becoming known as the Louis XVI Chair . This formal upholstered chair remains one of the most popular chair designs to this day, considered a timeless classic.

French Louis XVI style (19/20th Cent)

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The Louis XVI chair has seen all manner of redesigns and interpretations, but for the most part, they focused around the upholstery fabric and paint color choice. However, Philippe Starck had something else in mind. In 2002 , Starck reinvented the classic Louis XVI armchair for Italian design company Kartell, already known for its innovative use of plastics. The designer distilled the antique furniture piece down into one silhouetted shape, translating its round, medallion-shaped backrest, curved arms, and straight legs into a single, clear plastic chair. Calling upon not only the reign of Louis XVI, but on ancient Greek geometry, the chair was a triumph of postmodern times. As Starck himself said, the chair “has a mix of materials and styles based on our shared memories”.

Kartell Victoria Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck

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Kartell, changing perceptions of plastic

Founded nearly 70 years ago in 1949, Milan based design brand Kartell was created by Giulio Castelli and has been a symbol of progressive Italian design ever since. A true story of success, their journey is mapped through a series of incredible products across furniture, furnishings and lighting categories which have not only become a key part of the domestic landscape, but also true icons of contemporary design.

Victoria Ghost chairs at the Club House

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From the very beginning of the brand, Kartell have taken an innovative approach toward product development. Their renowned ‘plastics project’ was heavily focused on technological research and design to deal with the material which unlike natural materials lacks a visual identity before production. This lead to the brand being known for their industrial manufacture of designer items crafted from top quality, high-tech plastics. Through utilising cutting edge technologies, innovative thermoplastics and managers themselves involved in the making of each product, Kartell are able to guarantee their DNA is found in the technology, quality, resistance and durability of every piece. A key turning point for Kartell came in 1999, when after years of research a revolutionary innovation led to then becoming the first company in the world to use polycarbonate to produce furniture.

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Image source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippe_Starck#/media/File:Table_&_Chairs_by_Philippe_Starck.jpg

Like several other iconic chairs, including the Eames fiberglass armchair, the Louis Ghost owes a lot of its resonance to its engineering. Kartell created it from polycarbonate plastic but, unlike other molded chairs, the Louis Ghost is exceptional because the plastic is injected into a single mold, meaning that the entire piece is made in one fell swoop.

Some plastic products from Kartell

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Born in 1949 , Paris, Philippe Starck, kick-started his career by designing a pair of nightclub interiors in Paris in the 1970s, a time when using Lucite (clear plastic) as a material for furniture and décor was all the rage. He has since become one of the world’s most acclaimed designers, known for his subversive and cheeky approach to design. From transparent furniture to sculptural lemon squeezers, his designs have changed the way we live with their stylised, organic look often constructed using unusual and innovative combinations of materials.

Philippe Starck

Image source:  https://search.creativecommons.org/photos/d1718b45-ff01-4a2a-8a7d-2fa760e8a5c5 by jikatu

Designer: Philippe Starck

Manufacturer: Kartell

Materials: Transparent or batch-dyed polycarbonate

Dimensions:

  • Width:  21.1 ”
  • Depth:  21.5 ”
  • Height:  36.7 ”
  • Seat height:  18.3 ”
  • Unit weight:  4.8 kg

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http://www.kartell.com/gb/small-armchair_cod20000112el.html

https://www.ft.com/content/4ff06b04-f10e-11e5-9f20-c3a047354386

https://www.decaso.com/blog/ghost-chair-history/

https://www.heals.com/designer/philippe-starck.html

https://www.amara.com/luxpad/kartell-history/

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24 of the best small bedroom chairs for a country-inspired home

Compact accent and occasional chairs for reading, lounging and admiring

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If you use your bedroom in such a way, adding a small bedroom chair in an empty or underused corner can create a peaceful zone to relax away from your bed.

Depending on the space available to you, a compact yet comfortable armchair, a neat swivelling tub chair, or a petite slipper chair (more on that below,) can become a spot from which to lose yourself in a good book , or just have some peace and quiet away from a busy household.

When it comes to organising your bedroom , there are many ways to make the most of your floorspace. If you have natural recesses, a floor-to-ceiling bay window, or empty areas next to a wardrobe or dresser, adding a small accent chair won’t compromise on critical space for essentials like a bedside table. Those with ample room can use bedroom chairs to create a comfortable home office , or a reading nook by adding task lighting and piling on cushions and throws.

Whether you’re considering plush velvet, a traditional buttoned back armchair, or a sleek mid-century design, we’ve collated the best small bedroom chairs to shop right now.

Kirkwall Leather Club Chair - China Clay

Kirkwall Leather Club Chair - China Clay

This classic leather club chair from OKA with a buttoned back, brass stud edging and Ash wood legs would be the perfect choice if you are after a pair of small chairs to sit either side of a table. With a depth of just 63cm, it makes for a truly tiny addition to your bedroom.

Country Living Quinton Accent Chair

Country Living Quinton Accent Chair

This fabulous striped accent chair from our Country Living collection at DFS will work if you have a space plenty of depth but not much width – perhaps a natural alcove or recess. If you do choose a narrow armchair, make sure it has a generous deep seat and high back like this design to encourage optimum lounging.

Le Petite Armchair, Pale Rose

Le Petite Armchair, Pale Rose

Petite by name, petite by nature. This clever design from Decotique is soft and cocooning without being cumbersome. Upholstered in an undyed, tumbled wool which gives a textured and slightly deconstructed appearance, this piece is just 70cm in width making it the perfect small bedroom chair.

Gramps Armchair

Gramps Armchair

The Gramps is your go-to for versatility. A simple high back armchair, without the frills and fuss of buttons or studs – it is available in a choice of 151 fabrics to suit any design scheme imaginable. A high back with narrow arms is a brilliant choice if floor space is of a premium.

Carlos Cane Swivel Chair

Carlos Cane Swivel Chair

For any bedroom that doubles as a home office. We are really taken with this sweet swivel chair from OKA with a weathered oak frame, cane side and back panels and a caramel leather seat. At 56cm in width, it is one of the smaller bedroom chairs on our list.

Liang & Eimil Sylvia Occasional Chair

Liang & Eimil Sylvia Occasional Chair

The Sylvia is a deceptively opulent occasional chair, with a frothy champagne upholstery, elegant sloping armrests and gold-toned feet. A slim silhouette – just 63cm in width – makes it easy to fit into awkward corners.

Country Living Charlbury Floral Armchair

Country Living Charlbury Floral Armchair

Whilst possessing all the design markers of a traditional armchair – curved armrests, turned wooden feet, deep comfy cushions – the Charlbury is updated with a fun floral upholstery. The perfect accent piece for an underused corner of your bedroom.

Munchkin Occasional Chair

Munchkin Occasional Chair

The aptly named 'Munchkin' is a small bedroom chair with heaps of charm. Lovely attention to detail – small curved arms with neatly folded upholstery, decorative solid oak legs, and a soft rounded back – makes this a statement chair, albeit a compact one. Choose from 151 fabrics to make it just right.

John Lewis Petite Bobbin Chair

John Lewis Petite Bobbin Chair

Whilst small in stature, this striking bobbin chair from John Lewis makes quite a design statement. The black frame is handcrafted in a lacquered kiln-dried oak and stands out perfectly against the powdery weave of its seat and back.

Ritz Occasional Chair

Ritz Occasional Chair

A tub chair is a wonderful option for tricky bedroom corners. This small Ritz Armchair from Swoon is compact without compromising on style, with an elegant Art Deco design, rich colour way and textured upholstery. It is available in 14 different wool upholstery, and 17 sumptuous velvets.

Lucien Armchair

Lucien Armchair

A nod to French country style here with a 100% hemp upholstery, classic plain wing, oak carved legs and ticking cushion. This Lucien Armchair uses a classic design trick of maximising vertical space – it stands proudly at 115cm, whilst its footprint is a compact 78cm.

Sofia Pink Chenille & Velvet Armchair

Sofia Pink Chenille & Velvet Armchair

This Sofia chair from Oliver Bonas is deceptively sophisticated in design, with soft scalloped piping and panel detailing to the back and seat, curved arms that transition seamlessly into legs, and a lustrous chenille upholstery in a pastel pink. Its slim silhouette and dark wood frame nod to mid-century design, and make it a great choice for narrow bedroom corners.

Mabel Armchair

Mabel Armchair

The Mabel armchair has clever design features that make its outer shell compact, without compromising on seat space. With soft, clean lines, slim arms that gently slope from a high back, and tapered wooden legs with a small footprint, Mabel still offers a comfortable 53cm of seat space.

Ola Green Velvet Tub Chair

Ola Green Velvet Tub Chair

This compact tub chair from Oliver Bonas packs a big design punch, with a mix of olive green velvet and neutral linen upholstery, dark tapered wooden legs and shiny gold metal feet. A circular silhouette makes it ideal for any awkward areas of your bedroom.

Country Living Morland Stripe Accent Chair

Country Living Morland Stripe Accent Chair

Soft, clean lines and playful pinstripes makes the Morland accent chair appear compact and streamlined without compromising on comfort. This chair is deceptively plump, with premium foam-filled seat cushions made for lounging. Available in 6 plain and 6 striped upholstery options.

Polperro Armchair - Blue

Polperro Armchair - Blue

The playful Polperro chair by OKA has a chameleon-like ability to sit in an elegant bedroom in the countryside, a beach house in Cornwall or a log cabin in Scotland. Upholstered by hand in 100% linen with oak wood legs, this small chair takes up just 74cm of floor space wherever you choose to put it.

Dapper Armchair

Dapper Armchair

The petite Dapper chair from iconic Danish brand, HAY, brings together industrial design and fine craftsmanship, with a wide, oak-veneered plywood backrest for comfort. This is the perfect piece for shallow corners with ample width, such as a bay window.

John Lewis Fireside Armchair

John Lewis Fireside Armchair

When choosing furniture for a small bedroom, think vertically. Compact and classically styled, this John Lewis Fireside chair has been designed with a supportive high back and turned wooden legs. The playful Alda Monochrome upholstery makes it the ideal statement piece for a neutral bedroom.

Richmond Wool Tub Chair

Richmond Wool Tub Chair

Made from solid hardwood and pure wool, the Richmond tub chair is unobtrusive despite its ample buttoned back cushioning. The armless design, sitting low to the floor with convenient castor legs makes this small chair a very versatile option for a bedroom. What’s more, pure wool will stay cool in the summer yet feels cosy in the winter.

Aldona Jasmine Armchair

Aldona Jasmine Armchair

This linen chair uses the principles of mid-century design to create a slim and unobtrusive silhouette. Don't be fooled by the solid frame however, with a textured linen finish, and plump seat cushions and backrest, this is a chair for lounging. And at just 63cm in width, it's perfect for small spaces.

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