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The choice is clear?

By Christa Terry

Clear and colored plastics don’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon if all these house and home rags I read every month are any indication. There are the various Ghost chairs designed by Phillippe Starck, and then there’s the polyhedron Alchemia chairs I mentioned a while back.

Here’s another, again designed by Starck:

Choices, choices, choices…

The Mademoiselle armchair claims to combine two (or is it four?) aesthetic qualities: “solidity and space, materiality and transparency.” I like the fact that it comes in oodles of different colors and prints.

This is Starck’s chair in what is presumably its natural habitat:

Something’s not quite right

I don’t particularly like the way it looks like it’s hovering in space, a la Dominar Rygel XVI’s floaty chair. Maybe it’s something about the wall the chair is up against, but the legs just seem to disappear. I suppose that’s the “space,” but I’m not feeling the “solidity.”









5 Responses to “The choice is clear?”




  1. Twistie Says:

    I don’t know about you, NtB, but I find the way the pattern of the chair almost – but not quite – matches that vase slightly unnerving. And then to have the invisible legs…no, I don’t think this chair makes me aesthetically comfortable. It is, however, an interesting idea.




  2. JaneC Says:

    I find the clear legs unnerving, too. It is one thing to have a chair that is all clear, and another to have one with only the legs transparent, for some reason.
    Also, yay for science fiction geeks.




  3. Jelly Says:

    I just saw this… Hee! Farscape!

    On the other hand, I find that the shape of the chair doesn’t fit the rest of the room, but the legs don’t bother me.




  4. F Says:

    I don’t like the Mademoiselle chair on principle — the lines are too square for me. But what I DO think would be cool and look good is if you could put some kind of changeable fabric insert into the back and/or seat of the Starck Victoria/Louis ghost chairs. I’m thinking about buying the one without the arms (I forget whether that’s the Victoria or the Louis – I think it’s the Louis) and seeing whether I can rig something. I think that the ovals color would be interesting around a dining room table.




  5. Never teh Bride Says:

    Ooh, neat idea, F!












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