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.
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."
The design of transparent furniture became more popular. More furniture designers introduced more fluid forms, as described in Modern Furniture Trends: The Translucent Revolution .
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.
Just a few of the many examples of the many sexy designs of translucent seating.
Transparent furniture comes in a wide range of accessory pieces.
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.)
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.