Philippe Starck is a master of design in his own right, but in his chair for Kartell he decided to pay homage to his forefathers: the master’s of midcentury modernism. By combining the lines of Arne Jacobsen’s Series 7, Eero Saarinen’s Tulip chair, and the Eames’ Shell chair, Starck has created a clever and surprisingly beautiful tribute. Made of plastic (it is Kartell after all), the Master’s Chair serves as a poetic three dimensional representation of a defining time in design history. Though it is debatable that it may be a more successful art object than a piece of practical furniture, what is undeniable is Starck‘s ability to spark dialogue and debate within the design community through his work (and his crazy antics).
Maybe in another 50 years someone will come along and design a Master’s Chair 2.0? Starck’s Ghost Chair, Grcic’s Chair One and Morrison’s Air Chair — what do you think? What are your pick’s for the 3 ‘masters’ of today’s era?