Tuesday, April 8, 2014

ICON // Louis Ghost

Design: Louis Ghost

Designer: Philppe Starck

Year: 2002

Country: France

Philippe Starck always likes to mess with how we think about design, and the Louis Ghost Chair is no exception. The lines and style of this chair are taken from Louis XVI's armchair, however the use of polycarbonate has propelled this design into the post-modern era. Like the era of Louis XVI, this chair is now simply a ghost of the past. The Louis Ghost is sold by Kartell.

The Industrial Designer in me is always impressed that this is a single moulding. As well as being a very iconic design, this chair holds a special place in my heart because it was my first favourite chair once I begun studying.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

ICON // Eames Moulded Fiberglass/Plastic Chair (aka Eames Eiffel Chair)

With a degree in Industrial Design, it is no wonder one of my loves is furniture design. I have decided to start a post series on iconic designs that shaped the world of furniture. To begin I thought I would start with my favourite designers, Charles and Ray Eames, and one of my favourite of their designs, the Eames Moulded Fiberglass/Plastic Chair, or more commonly called the Eames Eiffel Chair.

Design: Eames Moulded Fiberglass/Plastic Chair

Designer: Charles and Ray Eames

Year: 1950

Country: USA

Husband and wife Industrial/Graphic Design powerhouse Charles and Ray Eames revolutionised furniture design and production in the 20th century. The Eames Moulded Fiberglass/Plastic Chair is one of their iconic designs.

“The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” Charles Eames

Originally the shell of this chair was moulded from fiberglass, however for environmental reasons has since changed to a polypropylene moulding. Different variations of the chair are available, both with and without armrests, and also as a rocking chair.

Charles and Ray Eames have a strong connection with Herman Miller, through whom this chair is still avaliable.