The $3 plastic chair
by / December 15, 2005


When I was small, I listened to Mister Starck on the TV. He had an arch enemy: the $3 plastic chair. He talked of visual pollution, esthetic shame...

Today, several of my favorite designers are now paying homage to this global best seller: Front Design proposes a luxe version covered in leather, Jerzy Seymour has redesigned one for Magis, Studio Ball finds gold, and the up and coming Swedish designer Rebecca Halstedt invents a prosthetic to transform it into a rocking chair... After all these years, Starck has lost the battle of good taste because of sheer numbers. The $3 dollar chair is now a global icon! When one sells millions of an object it loses it's original esthetic value and becomes a cult item. Whether it's beautiful, or not. AVB



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Front Design proposes a luxe version covered in leather.


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Jerzy Seymour has redesigned one for Magis.


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Studio Ball finds gold.


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Rebecca Halstedt invents a prosthetic to transform it into a rocking chair.


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