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 seat has become “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: