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Yay Or Nay? Ghost Chairs

Whether you own one or not, chances are you’ve sat in a Ghost chair (or an imitation of one) at some point in your life. Designed by Philippe Starck, these polycarbonate versions of the classic Louis XV armchair are the perfect combination of historical and contemporary with a simple, barely-there aesthetic. With their relatively affordable price tag — Toronto’s Design Within Reach offers them for just over $400 — convenience (stackable, fits any room style, small footprint, etc.) and countless knockoffs, it seems everyone and their mother has one of these. Which leaves me wondering if these see-through beauties have lost their sparkle.

What do you think? Are Ghost chairs “over”?

Here are a few images of Louis Ghost Armchairs (with arms) and Victoria Ghost Chairs (sans arms) to help you decide:

With the success of this design, it’s no wonder Kartell now offers the Louis Ghost in a multitude of colours. Is it just me or do these remind you of Hasbro Lite-Brites?

From home offices to dining rooms, these chairs have popped up everywhere. Clean-lined and versatile, I love them for not blocking sightlines and offering a breezy look — but hate them for having become so predictable.

I bet you’ve seen this look a million times. Maybe they just rub me the wrong way for having become the default wedding reception chair.

So where do you stand on this issue? Are Ghost chairs done and over with, or are they a chic seating option that will stand the test of time? Comment below!

Photo credits:
1. Kartell
2. Domino Magazine March 2009, from The City Sage Blog
3. design*sponge
4. Sally Steponkus Interior Design
5. Style Me Pretty blog, photography by Jose Villa