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Armchair - Louis Ghost armchair

Louis Ghost armchair

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (designed)
    Milan (manufactured)

  • Date:

    2002 (designed)
    2007 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Philippe Starck, born 1949 (designer)
    Kartell (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Injection-moulded clear polycarbonate

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the manufacturer

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Philippe Starck has designed numerous plastic chairs, always seeking to lower their cost without compromising their quality. One means is to mould the chair entirely as a single piece, as here, reducing assembly and handling costs to a minimum. The Louis Ghost armchair, and related chairs designed for Kartell in Milan, is made from injection-moulded polycarbonate, a very strong, glassy plastic. Starck's rendering of a late eighteenth-century form of armchair evokes historic good taste, but is sharply contrasted by the icy perfection of the transparent plastic, which is more suggestive of modernity and the future than of the past. The Louis Ghost chair, therefore, combines all the glamour of the Salon with the efficiency of an industrially made product. In the first three years of its production over 100,000 chairs had been sold.

Physical description

Armchair injection-moulded in one piece from clear polycarbonate, with four legs, scooped arms and a sheild back, reminiscent in shape overall of an eighteenth century armchair

Place of Origin

France (designed)
Milan (manufactured)


2002 (designed)
2007 (manufactured)


Philippe Starck, born 1949 (designer)
Kartell (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Injection-moulded clear polycarbonate


Height: 940 mm, Width: 540 mm, Depth: 550 mm

Descriptive line

Louis Ghost armchair, designed by Philippe Starck, 2002, manufactured by Kartell, Italy, 2007, injection moulded clear polycarbonate

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Williams, Gareth, 'The Furniture Machine, furniture since 1990', 2006, pp90-92






Furniture; Interiors; Plastic

Production Type

Mass produced


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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