French designer Philippe Starck designed the Louis Ghost Chair ($410) as an updated homage to the 18th-century French classic: the Louis XVI chair ($549, originally $640). Created for Kartell in 2002, the sleek, transparent Ghost Chair may be a departure from the opulent original, but its appeal strikes a chord with more than just minimalists. While its 11-year existence may not put it in the same category as an Eames, its traditional yet modern appeal makes it an inarguable contender for this generation's design-icon status.
A miracle seat for cramped or busy spaces, this chair practically disappears while somehow managing to still make a statement in each of these rooms. Even more alluring, its polycarbonate material makes it sturdy enough for outdoor use! Sold yet?