Ghost Still: Transforming Kartell's Iconic Ghost Chair

Ghost Still: Transforming Kartell's Iconic Ghost Chair

Cambria Bold
Mar 20, 2009

Stephanie Munson and and Bruce Tharp of Materious have created a provocative version of Phillipe Starck's Ghost Chair. They've transformed the iconic chair into a solar still to illustrate the "product fetishization endemic of unsustainable, first-world consumer culture" and the expense it has on environmental resources essential to survival, like potable water. This has us thinking about what it means for our love of design, sustainable and otherwise.

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The classic form of the chair is disrupted by the waste water flowing through it, but it's "redeemed," so to speak, and turned into a vital environmental tool through the use of its clear polycarbonate plastic. Once a purely aesthetic choice, the clear plastic now enables the waste water to be exposed to the sun and the resulting pure vapor to be collected and removed.

As a design blog, we're certainly guilty as charged for promoting products and furniture, many of which may not be particularly noteworthy for their sustainable or environmentally-friendly production. And while we'd like to think there's a higher purpose for every product we talk about, the simple reason is that we often just think it's beautiful, or cool, and that having it might make your home a better place. This is still a valuable reason, in our opinion, and one that cannot be ignored.

On Re-nest we try to strike a healthy balance between consumption and conservation — there is a time to buy and a time to save, a time for feasting and a time for fasting. This is especially true in our current economic climate. We think this is the perfect time to stop and reflect on what we do, what we purchase, how we spend our time, what we're doing to ourselves and for others (or conversely, and probably more likely, what we're doing for ourselves and thus to others).

To conclude, reading about this Ghost Still got us doing precisely what it intended to do: thinking.

So tell us, what do you think about the Ghost Still?

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