Branded as Lucite, this colourless, highly transparent, and solid material has high dimensional stability and good resistance to weathering and shock. Today, Lucite is used in interiors of varied styles. One of it’s wonderful uses is that it’s a perfect solution for small spaces, disappearing from the eye and making them feel larger.
For the Love of Lucite
I hope you had a lovely weekend! I was able to catch up on a few projects and enjoy downtime with my family. A perfect way to begin a new month…
Lucite has been one of my favourite materials for years. It is often associated with Hollywood Regency glamour and iconic furniture designs such as the beloved Helena Rubenstein, both favourites of mine.
First developed in the early 1930s by DuPont and Rohm & Haas, it is created from synthetic polymer of methyl methacrylate, also known as polymethyl methacrylate. During World War II, Lucite was common use for military applications such as airplane windshields and submarine periscopes.
Manufacturers like Kartell are keeping acrylic furniture around the design scene. In 2002, they produced Philippe Starck’s wildly popular Louis Ghost collection.
Less expensive to produce than Bakelite, Galalith, and Catalin and more chemically stable than celluloid, Lucite made these earlier jewelry plastics obsolete. In its pure form, Lucite is translucent, resembling glass or rock crystal, but it can be dyed in a wide range of colors and opacity.
1950s handbag by Miami based manufacturer Charles S. Kahn
Tory Burch, Spring 2014