Valentina Gonzalez Wohlers at Designersblock 2009

September 4, 2009

The Ghost of a Chair
The Ghost of a Chair
Ten years ago Starck designed the Louis XV Ghost chair.
He mocked the decadence of the Roccoco period, which was born in France under the reign of Louis the XV when interior and furniture design were flourishing.
Furniture was developed to fit easily into spaces. When these rooms where not in use, the furniture would be covered with white sheets and locked away. It was this mixed feeling between romantic nostalgia and boredom that inspired her work. An apparition from the death revealed to the living as a nebulous image, manifesting itself but not actually existing; no chair, only its memory, its disembodied spirit captured and frozen in time.

A faint sheet, immaterial and partly transparent, draped gently over the Louis chair. Falling over its soft curves and stylish armrest, reaching the floor with beautiful pleats, full of static movement.

Ghosts themselves have become increasingly implausible. To believe in them at all seems to be necessary to assert their immateriality – their invisibility. The drapery of ghosts must now be as spiritual as the ghosts themselves. The most prominent feature of “The Ghost of a Chair” is precisly their gross materiality. The chair apperars to us conspicuously clothed.

CWAC is a wonderful charity based locally in Shoreditch. It was founded in 1992 by Rebecca Handel who was tragically infected with the virus during a routine blood transfusion while pregnant, and as a white, middleclass, Jewish woman, she shattered all HIV-positive stereotypes. Rebecca and her daughter Bonnie died in 1995.

Lifestylebazaar will be holding an auction in their Shoreditch show room on the 8th of October. Please email for more info about the auction and to register a sealed bid. For further information on CWAC, please visit
Lifestyle bazaar would like to thank CWAC for all their support during this event, and each of the artists and designers that have participated and have donated their time for this very worthy cause.

Valentina Gonzalez Wohlers

Designersblock London 2009 takes place during the London Design Festival over 5000 square meters of space alongside 100% Design in Earls Court One.

24 – 27 Sep 2009

Opening times:
Thursday 24 September 10.00 – 21.00 Friday 25 September 10.00 – 19.00 Saturday 26 September 10.00 – 18.00 Sunday 27 September 11.00 – 17.00

Register on the Designersblock website.