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The World’s Largest See-Through Couch

The World’s Largest See-Through Couch
Kartell’s Uncle Jack Sofa

When you sit on this giant plastic couch, you are celebrating the triumph of humanity. Or at least, that’s what designer Philippe Starck seems to be getting at, as he continues exploring plastic’s living room potential. In 1999, he made the La Marie chair, which at the time was called the world’s first transparent chair formed from one polycarbonate mold. Now he’s created the Uncle Jack Sofa, the largest product of its kind. “I have always loved to work with plastic, as it is a reflection of human intelligence,” says the superstar designer, who also produces iconic provocations like lamps with guns for bases. “Men have not created stone or wood, but plastic is the result of human creativity.”

The piece, which sells for $1,860, is loosely modeled after minimalist furniture that Starck saw in his aunts and uncles’ homes. But Starck says he isn’t interested in simply capturing a throwback; he wants to embrace the old style with the “perspective of the engineer.” To create the couch, Italian furniture company Kartell injects a steel mold with molten plastic to make the material look as elegant as glass–and leave behind minimal waste. “With the biggest-ever monobloc transparent plastic–made piece,” says Starck, “it is about showing a technological miracle–one you can sit on.”

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