Designer Philippe Starckâ€™s take on the classic Louis XV armchair, the Louis Ghost Chair, has become an iconic jewel in the crown of its manufacturer, Kartell. The funky chair has been increasingly popping up, in all its transparent glory, in rooms in need of space maximization or as an edgier option to your standard matchy-matchy dining set.
Some examples of this iconic chair in use.
Transparent plastic furniture makes a space look bigger and less crowded, but itâ€™s not always cheap. The Kartell original will put you back $410 per chair at Design Within Reach.
To get the same look for less, consider the Mystic Round Back Arm Chair from Target, which is a spitting image of the Kartell model. And, at just $239.99 for a two piece set, you can have four for practically the same price as one Kartell.
If itâ€™s the look of Lucite youâ€™re after, as opposed to a Louis XV lookalike, the IKEA Tobias chair would look great if you have a grand dining table you want to take center stage, and comes at just $99.99 a chair.
Have you ever paid a visit to the gorgeous and overpriced store Design Within Reach and thought to yourself, “Yeah right! More like Design OUT OF Reach!” I searched around the store and picked out some favorite items, then came up with similar finds to show you that you don’t have to pay a lot to get what you want. I found so many affordable look-a-likes that I decided to focus on chairs, with more to come later…
Can you tell which of the above chairs is the deal? The first one is the Diamond Lounge Chair by Harry Bertoia, which retails for $877. At $199.99, the one below it is a steal – the Rupert Chrome Steel Chair from Overstock.com (by the way, Overstock offers a flat shipping rate of $2.95 for almost everything, cheap!).
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