Philippe Starck designed two Ghost Chairs for Kartell between 2002-2005. They remain to be some of their best selling pieces. The Ghost Chairs are modelled on the classic Louis XVI chair, rendered into transparent polycarbonate ghost-like form. The Victoria Ghost chair is designed for use as a side-chair, whereas the Louis Ghost chair is a bit bigger, and has arm rests. A very minimalist rendition of a symbolic piece of furniture. Is that a little bit postmodern, too? I wanted one since I first saw an image of it about seven years ago, and just recently I finally picked up a Victoria in smoke grey on sale at Space Furniture in Sydney.
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In 2010 Tokujin Yoshioka introduced The Invisibles, a collection of invisible furniture for Kartell that employed their pioneering polycarbonate technology to produce a thickness never before seen or manufactured. This year Yoshioka introduced at the Milan Design Week 2011 a Light version of The Invisibles with a similar profile but made with a thinner acrylic. The collection includes variously sized tables and simple, linear armchairs. On the original Invisibles, Yoshioka say: They were an exceptionally experimental pieces made out of the transparent blocks of acrylic. The poetic, yet dynamical presences reveal the essence of the pieces, and leave a mysterious scenery.
A chair you can’t see, isn’t that minimalist? Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka has created a collection of ‘invisible’ furniture pieces for Kartell, employing their pioneering polycarbonate technology. Yoshioka explains: In the last few years I have been thinking about a design that would include natural phenomena and invisible elements such as senses, wind and light. The ‘Invisibles’, a special collection launched from Kartell, only leaves the sense as if seating in the air. The presence of the object is eradicated and it will create a scenery of a sitter floating in the air. It is as if the physical presence of the object has been uprooted and gives life to a ‘floating’ scenario. Even the installation itself gives visitors that extraordinary sensation of entering an unreal world. The Invisibles collection encompasses tables, occasional tables, sofas, armchairs and benches which will be on show during Milan Design week 2010 at the Kartell flagstore. To be continued…