philippe starck's 'lou read' chair for driade contains a throne-like quality
philippe starck's 'lou read' chair for driade contains a throne-like quality
apr 25, 2011

philippe starck's 'lou read' chair for driade contains a throne-like quality

philippe starck’s ‘lou read’ chair for driade contains a throne-like quality (above) portrait © designboom




french designer philippe starck has created an armchair with an organic, anthropomorphic outline. the ‘lou read’ armchair is part of a collection for paris’s royal monceau hotel, recently refurbished by starck, where it is placed in every room. 15 years ago, starck met lou reed in this hotel.

philippe starck driade lou read ‘lou read’ by philippe starck for driade image © designboom




‘lou reed is (– my friend –) a musician and a writer. this project is a reminder that it is far better to spend time in conversation or reading activities than in front of the TV or computer’ says philippe stark in an interview with designboom.


developed for italian furniture company driade, ‘lou read’ is conceived with leather directly fixed onto a fiberglass skeleton, with a high neck and short arms, giving the chair a throne-like quality.

philippe starck driade lou readthe chair looks like a tribute to 50’s danish design image courtesy of driade

philippe starck driade lou read front view image courtesy of driade

philippe starck driade lou read image courtesy of driade

  • Looks old.. a delay of 50 years

    mandril says:
  • ahhhhhm @mandril, i think that might be the point:
    “the chair looks like a tribute to 50’s danish design.”

    evan says:
  • what a beautiful and powerful line! really starck! i love it!

    zeronergy says:
  • A classic

    BorMad says:
  • Leather clad legs are a bit obscene, but I like them

    oskarludwig says:
  • looks like an armchair of the villain in a movie. the surface-flow from the seat to the frontlegs is not solved properly, imo. otherwise: why not? opinions differ, as always…

    oliver says:
  • all that because it is THE BIG (old fashioned) STARCK?

    gomez says:
  • using the design of the moose´s antlers for a chair form can be interesting and asthetic. but not in this case.

    lohmann says:
  • YES, all because he is the big, old fashioned Starck!
    Who cares about your or my opinions…

    ramon says:
  • ramon and gomez,
    we deleted a few of your posts in which you were saying that
    this chair is not good (in a not very educated manner) and that there is
    no free speech on db and so on …
    this comment area is ideally for developed thoughts,
    and less for a list of similar, bold expressions of ‘I don’t like’.
    opinions are interesting if they are curious, personal
    and not offensive. boring hate has to go.

    designboom says:
  • Starck preaches about renewable materials and thinking of the resources for the future and then designs this in fiberglass and glued leather.
    Also the high neck and seat limit the size of the user. The armrests seem too thin to be useful or comfortable for a long period of time.

    Ina Loumo says:

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