Plastic Classics

What designs today will stand as icons of this time? Writer Julie Lasky posed that question in the New York Times this week, prompted by the upcoming tenth anniversary of Philippe Starck’s Louis Ghost chair. Its maker Kartell claims that with 1.5 million sold to date, the transparent plastic seatĀ  has becomeĀ  “the most widely sold design chair in the world.”In consultation with other design experts, Lasky put together a list of other items that might be our grandchildren of the Eames lounge chair. What struck me in reading the list was how many of them were plastic — whether that made for a relatively inexpensive place to sit (the $260 Emeco chair) or one that was outrageous (the $38,000 C2).

Here are some of the contenders she discussed:

Konstantin Grcic's Myto chair (2010)


Patrick Jouin C2 chair (2004) Made by 3D printing



Patrick Jouin, One Shot (2006); also made by 3D printing

Konstantin Grcic's Magis chair (2004)

Emeco 111Navy (2010) Made from 111 plastic bottles

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