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Translucent Furniture is Sexy

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If you haven't already seen translucent furniture, and I can't imagine why not, then I'm here to show you, they are sexy. What makes translucent furniture sexy, you may ask? The design reinterprets the traditional furniture to its basic shapes and structure into a naked form. You can see through it; yet, see it and touch it and follow its intriguing lines and curves.

But translucent furniture is also practical and comfortable. Most pieces can be stacked. They’re versatile and will complement any decor style.

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I had purchased four Louis Ghost chairs that very first year the stylish chairs arrived in the U.S., well over 15 years ago. I still love them.

First introduced by French designer Phillippe Starck in 2002, came Louis Ghost chair (after Louis XVI) and sold by Kartell.  On Design Within Reach, the chairs are described as "postmodern triumph of technical innovation and historical style. Translating the varied lines and formal geometry of its predecessor into a single form of translucent injection-molded polycarbonate, the Louis Ghost is a robust chair with a medallion backrest for leisurely comfort."

Victoria Ghost Chair Design by Phillip Starck   source

Victoria Ghost Chair Design by Phillip Starck source

The design of transparent furniture became more popular. More furniture designers introduced more fluid forms, as described in Modern Furniture Trends: The Translucent Revolution .

While the ghost chairs reference the antique shapes of the baroque era, the crystal chairs has a more sensual, modern form. For a space with a funkier existing style, the crystal chairs would be a good fit. The chairs come in either a plain transparent as well as a transparent smoke, purple, or amber. These stackable chairs are 100% Italian with a height of around 34 inches.
— Jerr Romero for Lumens
Crystal Chair by Arter & Citton for Domitalia

Crystal Chair by Arter & Citton for Domitalia


The Louis Ghost chairs have armrests.  But they also come without armrests and are called Victoria.  The designs don't stop there. They come in about eight color choices, bar stools, and counter stools, as well as other styles.  One of Starck's later designs includes this "uncle Jack's" sofa, the world's largest polycarbonate furniture pieces.

Uncle Jim Armchair and Sofa (also known as Uncle Jack’s sofa) on   Lumens

Uncle Jim Armchair and Sofa (also known as Uncle Jack’s sofa) on Lumens


Just a few of the many examples of the many sexy designs of translucent seating.

Starck translucent barstools on   Jet

Starck translucent barstools on Jet

Source   to find this chair

Source to find this chair

Source   to find these branch design transparent chairs

Source to find these branch design transparent chairs

Source   to find this Gel-Sl Chair

Source to find this Gel-Sl Chair

Source   on where to find Delilah Stacking transparent Chair

Source on where to find Delilah Stacking transparent Chair

Transparent swing bucket chair on   minimal and modern

Transparent swing bucket chair on minimal and modern


Transparent furniture comes in a wide range of accessory pieces.

source   where to find the step ladder

source where to find the step ladder

source   on where to find transparent magazine holder

source on where to find transparent magazine holder

Source   on where to find translucent nest of side tables

Source on where to find translucent nest of side tables


I must apologize for not being able to provide attributes for following three images. This is an updated post in which the original links were lost and I wanted to continue to share examples of the dramatic effect of adding faux fur to transparent seating. (If you are the owner of one of these images, please don’t hesitate to contact for attribution or removal.)

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In Summary

One of my favorite quotes for almost anything is “Keep it simple but significant.” And this is how I think of most pieces of translucent furniture and home accessories. Its forms and shapes reinterpreted into designs that are interesting, special and intriguing. And that, to me, also makes it sexy!

I found prices ranged from less than a hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. While Phillip Starck was one of the first designers to introduce his ghost collection, many other designers now also offer their interpretations and often based in more contemporary forms. Kartell is a great place to start when searching for ghost furnishings. The company is international and also has locations in the U.S.

Ready to purchase your first sexy transparent furniture and accessory?