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Loving Lucite

Lucite, making a huge resergence in today's interiors, is associated with decor of the 1960s and 1970s.  Developed in the early 1930s, lucite was introduced by DuPont in 1936, the same year Rohm & Haas debuted Plexiglas (the same polymer, under a different brand name). Lucite has become a brand name like Kleenex which refers to any kind of acrylic resin. Durning World War II, these light shatter-resistant materials were reserved for the military and were used in submarine periscopes and aircraft windshields. Following the war, interior decorators began using Lucite in posh homes in New York, Paris and Hollywood.


Helena Rubinstein, the Polish multimillionaire cosmetics mogul, had her now infamous sleigh bed made in Paris in the 30’s. Concealed fluorescent lights made the bed’s headboard and footboard glow. She was known to have business meetings in her bedroom—she in her bed and her advisors sitting in the 8 matching Lucite chairs that surrounded it.

The Paris Apartment sells a reproduction of the original chair for 3100 unupholstered. I read here that Alan Moss has had the original for sale for $32,000!!


Credit: Dragonette Limited

This fun Lucite 'corset' chair by Grosfeld House made a big splash in 1939. 


Artists and fashion designers, impelled by the appreciation of space age design, began using ultra-modern materials in their work in the 1950s and ’60s. Dalí painted on Perspex, the sculptor Leroy Lamis made geometric cubes from Plexiglas and Marilyn Monroe donned Lucite sandals.



These vintage beauties were on first dibbs.  I would have loved to snag these up!!!

New Orleans Style Report | Garden and Gun

The recent Lucite renaissance can probably be traced back to 2002, when Philippe Starck introduced his Louis Ghost Chair produced by Kartell.


 Candace Cavanaugh--Pacific Heights Residence!!

Designer Nancy Price.--Love the brackets!!

Lucite--brilliant shelving!!!

Vintage lucite desk from the 70s...awesome!!

 Designer Michelle Morgan Harrison

Couldn't find the maker of this one but LOVE IT!!!! 

Ikea  79$ each!!!

 So fun for bride and groom chairs!!


Vintage Lucite Trunk - want? $135

Valentino Lucite heels!

Fantastic frame! What a great idea to mount the art in plexiglass!!! Learn how to do this with your own art here. Hope you enjoyed all the Lucite, I could have posted 50 more--for more fab examples go to my Pinterest board. Hope everyone has a great week!!  Till next week!  xo Leslie

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Reader Comments (4)

Lucite is always so cool when used correctly! Love this!

April 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermimi

I love lucite. It is mercurial -- it can be fabulous or over-the-top. You have shown some beautiful examples; the 1stdibs bar stools, your fav table, those Valentino shoes. My favorite image is the last one. In the 1980s, I used to make lucite boxes in which to float my artwork so the very modern "frame" interests me but, more than that, I am in love with the room. That sofa and coffee table, those pillows, the colors...all fabulous. Have a great week.
XO, Victoria

April 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria Athens

I love how lucite has become a classic and it fits into any decor....I especially love it with a traditional decor....makes the decor so interesting...a lucite desk in any room is just wonderful... love that lucite chest (and the price!)..and of course those Valentino shoes!!...Loved this post!

I'm the biggest fan, and I remember seeing those barstools on 1st Dibs and went crazy - they are stunning!!

April 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdesignchic

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