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Louis 20 Side Chair 'Prototype' in Green by Philippe Starck for Vitra Edition

$950

About

Designed in 1991, this version is an early production prototype, sent to the US as a sales sample. On the bottom of the chair, production versions have incised in the metal "Louis 20 by Starck for Vitra." This prototype does not have these details, as it was produced as a sample before the initial production run of chairs. This prototype in good condition with some surface oxidation of the plastic. Chair is no longer in production. Philippe Starck has designed a wide range of consumer goods and interiors. He focuses on mass-produced consumer goods rather than one-off pieces, seeking ways to reduce cost and improve quality in mass-market goods, which makes him a truly democratic designer. His products have sensual, appealing forms suggestive of character or personal identity which are often given clever or whimsical names. Starck ironically named this chair "Louis 20" poking fun at the French tradition of adding numbers after the names of kings with the same name. This chair is in the permanent collection of MoMA and numerous international museum collections.

Details

  • Creator
    Vitra (Manufacturer),Philippe Starck (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 33 in. (83.82 cm)Width: 21.5 in. (54.61 cm)Depth: 18.5 in. (46.99 cm)Seat Height: 18.25 in. (46.36 cm)
  • Style
    Post-Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    1990-1999
  • Date of Manufacture
    1991
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Denton, MD
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU153626007633

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    Ships From: Denton, MD
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 30 days of delivery.

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About the Designer

Philippe Starck

A ubiquitous name in the world of contemporary architecture and design, Philippe Starck has created everything from hotel interiors and luxury yachts to toothbrushes and teakettles. Yet for every project in his diverse portfolio, Starck has maintained an instantly recognizable signature style: a look that is dynamic, sleek, fluid and witty. The son of an aircraft engineer, Starck studied interior design at the École Nissim de Camondo in Paris. He started his design career in the 1970s decorating nightclubs in the city, and his reputation for spirited and original interiors earned him a commission in 1983 from French president François Mitterrand to design the private apartments of the Élysée Palace. Starck made his name internationally in 1988 with his design for the interiors of the Royalton Hotel in New York, a strikingly novel environment featuring jewel-toned carpeting and upholstery and furnishings with organically shaped cast-aluminum frames. He followed that up in 1990 with an equally impressive redesign of the Paramount Hotel in Manhattan, a project that featured over-scaled furniture as well as headboards that mimicked Old Masters paintings. Like their designer, furniture pieces by Starck seem to enjoy attention. Designs such as the wedge-shaped J Series club chair; the sweeping molded-mahogany Costes chair; or the sinuous WW stool never fail to raise eyebrows. Other Starck pieces make winking postmodern references to historical designs. His polycarbonate Louis Ghost armchair puts a new twist on Louis XVI furniture; his Out-In chair offers a futuristic take on the classic English high-back chair. But for all his flair, Starck maintains a populist vision of design. While one of his limited-edition Prince de Fribourg et Treyer armchairs might be priced at $7,000, a plastic Starck chair for the Italian firm Kartell is available for around $250. As you will see on these pages, Philippe Starck’s furniture makes a bold statement — and it can add a welcome bit of humor to even the most traditional decor.
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