Posted on August 4, 2014

For the Love of Lucite

Design & Décor/ Ghost Chair/ Glamorous Interiors/ Helena Rubenstein/ Interior Design/ 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.

Helena Rubenstein Chair
  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.

mirrored mantle + light fixture + lucite coffee table + creamy white walls and drapes
Little Bits of Lovely: Wednesday Workspace {understated glamour}

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.

Luxury dining room with large marble floor & stunning ocean view! It's clean, airy, bright & so elegant!!!
La Maison Gray - Interiors ....pretty corner
 Manufacturers like Kartell are keeping acrylic furniture around the design scene.  In 2002, they produced Philippe Starck’s wildly popular Louis Ghost collection.

http://www.kleynprojectmeubelen.nl/bargainhunt/Kartell+Louis+Ghost+aanbieding/
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.

This Lucite purse was made in the 1950s by Charles S. Kahn, a Miami, Florida-based manufacturer whose showstopping bags were often designed with a solid metallic color and spun silk-like finish. Plastic handbags designed by Kahn are often identifiable by a distinctive clasp, which features three metal balls. Kahn's paper labels were placed inside the purse below the hinge of the lid.
1950s handbag by Miami based manufacturer Charles S. Kahn

             

Spring 2014 Runway Exclusive: Courtlyn Cuff | Womens Fall 2013 Pre-Order TORY BURCH
Tory Burch, Spring 2014

xx,

B

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