Sometimes it seems that there is so little that stands the test of time in our throw- away society. The demand to be hip and current leaves little room for longevity, or so it seems. Yet, amidst all the trends and changes some things never go wrong. One of the timeless classics is the Louis XV chair in all its various and lovely incarnations.
More than 200 years ago, King Louis XV of France demanded that the architects and furniture designers of the time get wise to his ways. He wanted comfort to match the opulent style that was uniquely his own. So was born the Rococo style that continues to dazzle us even today.
The Louis XV chair is now a classic that graces the homes of both traditional and contemporary spaces mainly because of its flexibility. Once a snob of the old school, Louis XV can be donned in a transitional or modern setting if properly thought out. Its original cabriole legs are now sometimes pared down and its originally simple fabrics are now often bold and rich. Conversely, the once ornate carving in the wood has taken on a more simplistic look in its modern rendition.
I recently designed a corporate office with orange Louis Ghost chairs and Saarinen tulip tables in each of the offices. Oh, how I wanted to work there! The look was sleek and modern and breathtaking. Thank you Philippe Stark for being brave enough to take a classic like the Louis XV and making it into a piece of modern sculpture.
So go ahead and let your Louis show.