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Louis ghost chair (Crystal)
92.8 × 54.0 × 56.5 cm
Place/s of Execution
Milan, Lombardy, Italy
moulded in relief on rear c.: (arrow) (pointing at 3) (in a circle) (within clock face) (all in a circle)
moulded in relief on rear c.: (arrow) (pointing between 11 and 06) (in a circle) (within clock face numbered 06 to 11) (all in a circle)
moulded in relief on rear c.: (bent arrow) / PC / (bent arrow) (bent arrow)
moulded in relief on rear c.r.: LOUIS GHOST design S+ARCK byKARTELL
moulded (vertically) in relief on rear c.r.: madeinItaly
Accession Number
Contemporary Design and Architecture
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds donated by Gordon Moffatt AM, 2016
Gallery location
Not on display
Philippe Starck’s Louis ghost chair is made from transparent and batch-dyed polycarbonate and, in its time, was one of the most daring examples of injected polycarbonate from a single mould in the world. Drawing inspiration from a French armchair from the reign of Louis XVI, the Louis ghost chair has become one of Philippe Starck’s best known furniture designs. Designed in 2002 for the Kartell Company, a leading Italian manufacturer of original furniture designs in plastic, the Louis ghost chair is believed to be one of the most copied chairs of recent years, with unauthorised replicas widely available.