Ghost furniture

Design Concept: Transparency

For me, good interior design means working with a lot of elements, constantly balancing colours, materials, textures, volumes and lights. When the need to simplify a complex interior arises, where there are too many things going on, the one concept which is of great help, is TRANSPARENCY.

Through technological advancements we got to use a material called acryl. A transparent polymer that is not only durable but less expensive and easier to shape. With the help of this material, a new style of furniture emerged. One that is versatile and can be used in any type of interior next to any colour or texture we can think of.

This is known as ghost furniture: the light, see-through set of objects defined by shape and described through lack of volume. We can use them to complete a room interior without adding more, or in contrary to add style and design in a subtle manner.

As technology continues to develop, new and interesting features are added to both glass and acryl furniture. Renowned companies like Kartell, Fiam and Glas Italia are working on bigger, better and more colourful versions of transparent pieces of furniture. 2015 Uncle Jack is the largest transparent sofa, while Shimmer Table and Shelve by Patricia Urquiola is a peek into the future through the multi-chromatic changing finish that varies with light and angle of the viewer.

Author: Dana Kallo
Date: April 22, 2017