Monday, June 29, 2009

Ghost Chair Metamorphosis


The Phillipe Starck Louis Ghost Chair is really beautiful.
We are seeing it everywhere.

Here it is used in the most common way as an accent chair - totally unadorned. Lovely, but because it is getting so popular, not as unexpected in a room as it used to be.

Casa Sugar

Perhaps in an effort to reinvent it, the set designers for Gossip Girls had pads made for the chairs. I really do not like it, I think the chair loses some of its ethereal quality.

But this recent make over stopped me in my tracks. I was taken by the incredibly classic form of the chair floating under the gauzy sheer slipcovers. Isn't this combination fantastic?

I would use this slipcovered chair in any number of rooms! What do you think?

Check out other makeovers on Monday Metamorphosis at Between Naps on the Porch


  1. Great post! I adore that chair and know just the right place to have on in my home! I love the way they float under that gauze.

  2. A ghost chair.....I am worried a little....LOL !
    Very pretty lines...
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  3. I ADORE this chair and hope to own one (or ten) one day! I completely agree with you. The cushions change the whole effect. I love the gauzy slips for fun, but really just love the chair in it's purest form.

  4. i definitely am a ghost chair fan.
    and i think these ideas are super !

  5. I do love the gauzy cover. I thought about renting lucite look a like chairs for our daughter's wedding reception--triple the cost!! We went with white--rather have food than chairs :)

  6. What a fantastic idea. They really are ghosts now. :)

    I've been debating getting one, even spend some quality time with one the last time I was at a Moma Store. But, I'm curious about how they hold up over time. Do they scratch? Crack?

  7. I love the sheer white slipcovers, just beautiful! I agree with you on the padded covers, hides the 'invisible' chairs too much.

  8. Now the gauze really stopped me in my tracks!! floaty, ethereal.... wow....

  9. I honestly do not like plastic in any room and especially not plastic furniture whether it is trendy or not. But that's only my personal taste and has nothing to do with an interior someone else wishes. The idea certainly has a point and
    the slip covers made from sheer are fun though - I think they fit best the "ghostly" impression the designer intented.

  10. I think those gauzy covers help that chair quite a lot. Sure, it is a beautiful chair and a very graceful form when it is empty, but who really wants to see a dinner party full of guests with their rear ends pressed against the plastic (probably one of the things the set designer was trying to solve when those pads went on).

  11. Not sure about durability - any one have first hand experience?

  12. These covers are a womderful idea - no less ghostly but still elegant and unusual!

  13. That first image of the chair next to a regular chair really nails how ghostly and ethereal it is. I'm with you, not loving the pads...but the willowy see through slipcover brings it's "ghostiness" back home!

    Great post!

  14. I actually love the ghost chairs AND I love them with the slipcovers. Two great looks!

  15. The slipcovered photo is amazing! They were genius to think of it this gives many of us a new way to think and use this chair.

    Tricia - Avolli

  16. Totally agree - the upholstered ghost chair is not good, but the slip covered chair is pretty cool!

  17. I really love the first photo... the naked ghost chair... very cool... Stop by my blog for my 100th post giveaway if you get a chance!
    Have a great week!
    ~Really Rainey~

  18. So cool, it's my favorite chair among the modern ones! I truly love the second picture, so ghostly...

  19. ok, can I be tacky? remember those plastic outdoor chairs that they started making slipcovers for? it kind of reminds me of those! haha!! do you know what I am talking about? although I have to agree that these slips are beautiful - actually they are more like the see through slips people make for Georgian dining room chairs.
    Gina - I loved your comment about my birthday post. you are always too sweet!!! I hope you win!!!!!!

  20. Love the slip covers...hate the chair pads!!! Makes them look cheap. I guess there are so many reproduction places that are selling the Ghost for a fraction of the price for a new one, so now average joe (like most of us) can have an iconic piece in their homes.
    Ness xx

  21. The ghost chairs with the gauzy slipcovers are fantastic!! Wow!! They look like they're ready to just float away.... so airy and light and elegant :-)

    Kelly @ DesignTies

  22. I stopped dead in my tracks, Like floating clouds those slipcovers are. They would feel right at home in my home. I will have to see about making some...Georgeous, ~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  23. I agree with you on the pads for the ghost chairs on the Gossip Girls set - it just comes off as looking tacky. Slipcovered chairs are beautiful!

  24. do you know where i can get cushion pads for my louis and victoria ghost chair?


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