Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The Look of Lucite




This season, the Lucite shoe is having its moment in the fashion spotlight. No longer relegated to bargain basement status (or to the feet of Vegas showgirls), many of the big named designers such as Chanel, Manolo Blahnik, and Tory Burch have embraced the plastic trend. And in their hands, it doesn't look half bad.


While Lucite may come and go in women's fashion, it is actually a modern- classic look in interior design. The problem is that there is a fine line between "classic" Lucite and "tacky" Lucite. Obviously, you don't want a house full of it, and you probably want to steer clear of those purple acrylic pieces, but a little Lucite never hurt anyone. Lucite occasional tables can look quite nice, while Lucite vanity stools can bring out one's inner diva. And for a primer on Lucite- Lucite, Perspex, and Plexiglass are all tradenames used for this type of synthetic material, generally known as acrylic.



Lucite twist lamps at Mecox Gardens


Louis Ghost Chair at Graham and Greene


Lucite Tray Table by Jordan Cappella at Woodson & Rummerfield


Lucite TV tray table in Todd Romano's apartment


Lucite chair in Amy Fine Collins' apartment

(Shoes at top by Manolo Blahnik, available at bergdorfgoodman.com)

13 comments:

  1. I truly love all the images you mixed together here. I like lucite and admire those who can mix it with more traditional things. Fun post!

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  2. This is such a lovely blog...I'm definitely adding it to my daily reads!

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  3. Style Court- I agree; it takes a deft hand to mix lucite with traditional pieces.

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  4. Thanks for the kind comment Erin! I appreciate it.

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  5. I love those lamps. I agree, lucite doesn't have to be tacky! Like everything else, and as you point out, when it's used in moderation it can be really nice.

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  6. Love the Ghost chair!

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  7. Check this out: http://www.fashionisspinach.com/
    lucite bench for $2.00!

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  8. A- yes, moderation is key (with so many things in design!).

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  9. Fairfax- $2!!! What a find- why can't I find things like that????

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  10. callie8:20 PM

    When I saw your post last week on Markham Roberts, I checked out his site and remember this amazing lucite console table - with shells on the inside!!
    http://markhamroberts.com/hb_nycasual.html
    Thought you would like- goes with your fun lucite post. Love your site BTW.

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  11. Callie- Thank you so much for the link. I really do like this table; very clever (and subtle) use of lucite, and I like how he put shells inside. Thank you!!!!

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  12. love lucite. i cb2 has some good cheap options

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  13. Absolutely fabulous roundup!!!

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