What is your favourite luxury chair?
I admire Phillipe Stark’s daring designs. Yes, he’s been quoted a million times, but it’s impossible to talk about design without talking about him. He’s worked in every medium known to mankind and tackled everything from toothbrushes to chairs to hotels. He totally changed the way we look at design. You can take any of his designs and be impressed with them, but two chairs give a good example of his range and style.
Stark’s Ghost Chair is based on the classic King Louis XXIII chair that you’ve found in every French home for generations. The original chair is a classic, curved wooden piece that is instantly recognizable. He took that style and turned it on its head. First, he made the traditional wooden chair completely out of acrylic, giving it an extremely modern look. Then he straightened and smoothed out the lines. You can look at it and instantly recognize the Louis XXIII chair, but, at the same time, it is something totally new. He took something we all know and made us see it in a completely new way. He instantly contemporized it. Plus, you can take that chair and fit it into a classical home or a contemporary home.
I also think his Mademoiselle Chair is incredible. This is also an acrylic chair with a classic Chinese chintz fabric as the upholstery. It mixes the classical style with an updated contemporary look. We have one of the chairs in our store. The store’s aesthetics are contemporary Asian and indian design with solid wood and fiber furniture. But you add this chair to the room and it just instantly makes you smile to see something quirky like that.
That’s the greatest thing about Phillipe Stark. He wants you to look at things differently and not take things too seriously. He has an amazing sense of humour.
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