On a vacation to Chile and Argentina earlier this year, my husband and I stayed a few nights in a fabulous hotel in Santiago. It was a contemporary ‘boutique hotel’ and the room featured a living room, a full kitchen and a bedroom. The bedroom overlooked a central courtyard and although it was a small room, it held a king-size bed, a club chair and a fairly large desk. The trick to making the room look HUGE (aside from the color scheme) was the Lucite desk and chair.
Lucite, also called acrylic (but they really aren’t the same), celebrates its 75th birthday this year. (Happy Birthday, Lucite 😀 !) Although it has a very distinctive, modern appearance, it integrates with antiques well because it simply ‘disappears’. It doesn’t compete with more dramatic pieces of furniture. Do you see how the lamp ‘disappears’ in the photo below?
I love how the contemporary material is frequently made into extremely traditional forms.
Some say it’s the absence of color that makes Lucite furniture look so clean, fresh and bright. Believe it or not Lucite is more transparent than glass and is more resistant to scratching. If it does scratch, you can usually buff it out.
Designer Tip: When designing a room around valuable oriental carpets, use a glass or Lucite coffee table. Why cover a beautiful, valuable carpet? An added advantage is it makes any room appear larger.
Lucite is perfect for small spaces but one warning is that it should never be in direct sunlight.
Well, I guess that concludes Lucite 101 for today. Enjoy your day.
“Photos: Luxe Interiors + Design, Better Homes and Gardens, unknown, New England Home, unknown, Domino“