DESIGN CLASSIC: PHILIPPE STARCK LOUIS GHOST CHAIR

Now in its 14th year, the Philipe Starck designed Louis Ghost chair from Kartell, remains one of the most iconic pieces of furniture in the modern design world.

Since it first appeared on the market in 2002, it has been sold over 1.5 million times worldwide and is the most widely purchased ‘original design’ chair in the world.

The Louis Ghost is based on the classic Louis XVI armchair, Starck took baroque influences from 1600’s Italy and moulded them seamlessly with modern production techniques.


Collaborating with the French designer, Kartell, innovators in the production of transparent design furnishings, injected polycarbonate into a single mould to produce this iconic design.

The result is a chair set to stand the test of time both for its classic design and revolutionary finish. Transparency allows it to sit in any space working both modern and old style environments like a pro.


Its polycarbonate finish makes it both an indoor and outdoor furnishing both durable and weather resistant, so much so that Starck claims to have never seen one broken.

The Louis Ghost has almost surpassed its designer in the fame stakes featuring in an episode of Sex and the City as well as playing a part in most famous doll in the world Barbie’s 50th birthday celebration in 2011.


In 2004 It was clothed, charity auction in favour of La Source, by some of the most famous creative artists in the world including Christian Lacroix, John Galliano, Elizabeth Garouste and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac to name but a few.

The Louis Ghost has truly cemented itself as a classic, one that can sit comfortably alongside other design icons such as the Eames lounge or Arne Jacobs Egg chairs.

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