The Chair… Any Chair. Why? Well, so much can be summed up about design or architecture, about history, about utility, or about art with The Chair.
We all use the chair – and therefore they are all around us. What we don’t realize is that they say so much – they speak to us about how we interact with life. There are so many iconic chairs that we have all seen before but we don’t realize their significance – or their actual place in history. I am excited to share with readers a little bit about why they are important.
Series1: Louis Ghost Chair
I could literally write a novel on my love for this chair… But I won’t. (Your thinking – thank goodness!)
This chair was designed by Philippe Starck, for the Kong Restaurant in Paris – for that installation they came with different faces on the medallion back. The chair is a polycarbonate design that is transparent – or comes injected with colour. It is currently produced by Kartell.
This chair references the Baroque (Rococo-late 1700s) period of the 18th century – and the Louis XV style. The proportions of this single moulded chair makes for a comfortable seat. One of the reasons I love this piece, is because of it’s vitreous quality – which does not obstruct light and therefore makes for great use in small or dark spaces – It is just a great statement piece. This chair has been duplicated by “inexpensive” versions, has started a lucite/polycarbonate revival of sorts, and is seen all over the world in restaurants, residential dining rooms, wedding banquet halls, hotels.. you name it – THERE IT IS! I personally love this chair (did I mention that already??) and am happy to have one in my home to enjoy for years to come… It’s a great reference to the past, but yet with it’s stylized manner – feels extremely grounded in todays aesthetic.
Philippe Starck is a genius – you need to know about him and research everything that he has had a hand in creating – massive influence in our design world today (I had the opportunity to do a project on him while I was in Design School – his work gets me every time.)
Hope you have enjoyed our first ‘For the Love of The Chair’ series. Come back again – you’ll never know when you’ll learn something new about that piece of furniture you are sitting on right now.