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Monday, April 27, 2009

A Love Affair with Lucite


We are a little obsessed with lucite. We were inspired back in March by the use of lucite accents on this Ruby Press desk posted by Coco & Kelley, so we have decided to dedicate a post to lucite accents. I once read that every room needs one touch of lucite, and I think that is a good rule of thumb. Lucite perks up the most traditional rooms and adds a lightness and element of fun to an otherwise heavy room. It can be pretty expensive, so some of the pieces below would be an investment! But, because it was so popular in the 60's and 70's, so you can find some good deals if you search Craigslist and eBay. Another trick is to search for acrylic rather than lucite- we can't tell the difference, and acrylic is usually alot cheaper!

How gorgeous would this bench be at the foot of your bed? We love the idea of mixing lucite into a traditional setting for a splash of fun!

We would cover it in a fun fabric like Brunschwig & Fils' Chevron Bar Silk!

Of course, what would a post about lucite be without a reference to Philippe Starck's Louis Ghost Chair. While they have become a bit ubiquitous, we think they are a classic with real staying power.


The Ghost Chair, as styled in a MoS living room (you almost can't even see it!), adding a modern element to an otherwise traditional room. When I first bought the ghost chair from the W Hotel Store, my husband had two questions. "Why is there patio furniture in our living room?" And, "Why did you buy only one piece of patio furniture when we need a whole set?" He just doesn't get it!

How pretty and clean are the lines of this sofa from 1st dibs?? We'd change out the fabric for something more colorful and use it in a room where style is more important than comfort. http://www.1stdibs.com/, $9,800

Wouldn't this yellow damask fabric be pretty on the lucite base, with turquoise or navy accents?!

We just love this Peekaboo console table from cb2 for an entryway or a fun bar! This would be especially great in a smaller space, where a piece of wooden furniture is just too heavy. And the price is right at $349! http://www.cb2.com/

This lucite Monsieur Chair from The Paris Apartment is a work of art! You can cover the seat in fabric of your choice. http://www.theparisapartment.com/, $2,200

The Tibet Cocktail Table combines form and function! We would use it in a living room at one end (or both!) of the sofa. Keep in mind that you do not want your lucite to be receiving much direct sunlight or heat. Sunlight can discolor lucite and make it cloudy. $5,050 from http://www.theparisapartment.com/.

If a piece of furniture is not in your budget at the moment, why not add some fun lucite accents to a piece you already own?! A coat of paint and these lucite ball knobs would give a modern feel to granny's hand-me-down chest of drawers. http://www.theparisapartment.com/, $36-$250

For your favorite pampered pooch, how adorable is this doggie bowl?! Lucite Pet Dish, $90, from http://www.supermarkethq.com/
For some very affordable ideas, check out http://www.acrylichomedesign.com/. We are the first to admit their way of styling pieces leaves a little (okay, ALOT) to be desired, but just take it out of the context of their styling and imagine it in your house, styled by you!

Imagine this stationary holder on your chic desk, full of your cute Iomoi and Boatman Gellar notecards (as opposed to the most depressing collection of thankyou notes I have ever seen). CUTE, and $21.75.

What a great way to store your favorite Domino, Elle Decor, and House Beautiful issues (or your Vogues from 1992) with this lucite magazine holder. $18.75

These acrylic napkin coasters are perfect for anyone who loves to entertain. And they are only $16.99! We would swap out the boring blue napkins for something fun like these:


Get a few pieces, have some fun, and let us know what you think about lucite! Is it a classic that is here to stay?!

4 comments:

goheels83 said...

Great post! I'm more into the affordable acrylic pieces. Great post, your husband sounds cute. lol.

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

Fabulous post! I have the same throw pillows on my couch, except mine are brown. Your living room is gorgeous!

Julie said...

I love this post. I've been trying to convince my husband that lucite is appropriate INSIDE our house as well. Well done!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog and this post is great! I am a big fan of lucite and have been trying to convince my mother to pass hers along to me for awhile now. She has a great bench that would look fantastic with that yellow damask fabric!

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