For the Love of Lucite

design :: michael moloney

design :: michael moloney

I love the look of lucite furniture and accessories in interiors -- because it’s clear it takes up little to no visual space so it’s perfect for preventing small spaces from looking cluttered {click here for more on designing for small spaces}.  Lucite also makes a bold artistic statement without creating visual clutter and It brings a sense of whimsy and playfulness to a room.

Lucite {also known as acrylic, perspex or plexiglass} was developed in 1928 and looks like glass but is shatter-resistant, one of the reasons it was originally used in World War II for military applications like airplane windshields and submarine periscopes.  The material became commercially available for licensing in 1937 and was quickly adopted to make jewelry and handbags.  Lucite played a big role in the Hollywood Regency style popularized in the 1930s.  It experienced a resurgence in popularity in the Disco-glam years of the 60s and 70s and it has once again found it’s way into modern day interiors.  

One of the most famous pieces of Lucite furniture in the early days was the chair commissioned for beauty magnate Helena Rubenstein’s NYC apartment.  More recently, Philippe Starck’s incredibly popular Louis Ghost Chair for Kartell [designed in 2002} has popped up in everything from the most traditional to the ultra-modern interiors.

CB2 has a great selection of Lucite furniture that's soft on the bank account.

CB2  Peekaboo Acrylic Console Table, $379 

Lucite furniture doesn't have to be clear, look at these colorful Louis Ghost chairs ::

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And how about this hot pink lucite coffee table from Alexandra Von Furstenberg!  You should definitely check out her collection of both wildly colored and clear lucite furniture and accessories!

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Not all lucite furniture profiles are modern.  I love these greek klismos-style lucite dining chairs.

photo :: patrick cline

photo :: patrick cline

design :: Lyoyd Ralphs Design

design :: Lyoyd Ralphs Design

seen in vogue magazine

seen in vogue magazine

via atlantahomesmag.com

via atlantahomesmag.com

via atlantahomesmag.com

via atlantahomesmag.com

Liz Dougherty Pierce's NYC Loft

Liz Dougherty Pierce's NYC Loft

seen in better homes + gardens

seen in better homes + gardens

I love the brass trim on the lucite coffee tables in this groovy living room.  I can't get enough of the disco ball in the fireplace!

via homedit

via homedit

The purple folding lucite chairs are great for small spaces as they can be folded up and stowed away when they aren't needed.

via citified.blogspot.com

via citified.blogspot.com

via bestofbkyln.com

via bestofbkyln.com

Lucite coffee tables are great on patterned rugs as they don't obstruct the pattern.

lucite coffee table by matthew james designs on etsy

lucite coffee table by matthew james designs on etsy

via gild and grace

via gild and grace

How fabulous are these groovy disco-era lime green upholstered lucite chairs!?

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photo :: connie anderson photography

photo :: connie anderson photography

design :: mark english

design :: mark english

Here is another example of lucite furniture in a more traditional style profile.

design :: charles faudrée

design :: charles faudrée

I love how this coffee table looks like a display case for the magazines below.

photo :: patrick cline. seen in lonny

photo :: patrick cline. seen in lonny

photo :: paul costello.  seen in domino

photo :: paul costello.  seen in domino

design :: nate berkus seen in elle decor

design :: nate berkus seen in elle decor


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