The La Marie Chair was created by French designer Philippe Starck for the Italian company Kartell.
Kartell was founded in 1949 as an automobile accessories manufacturer. In 1963, the company moved into producing furniture and home furnishings from plastic. For over 60 years, the company has pioneered design and production of plastic items in collaboration with some of the best international designers, and the quality and style of its products have made it a recognisable brand name around the world.
Philippe Starck is one of France's leading designers. His career has seen him design not only furniture, but hotels and restaurants and examples of his work can be found in the MoMA in New York and the Design Museum in London. The La Marie Chair he designed in 1998 was the world's first transparent chair and is cast from a single piece of polycarbonate. The chair is 87.5cm high, 38.7cm wide and has a depth of 52.5cm. The height of the seat is 46cm. The transparency of the La Marie Chair makes it a unique feature in any house or office and is also suitable for outdoor use.