Clearly, acrylic furniture is one of the hottest trends in furniture right now! It’s everywhere you look in editorials and in the marketplace. And for good reason, as it’s timelessly gorgeous. Proof of that is in this photo of Helena Rubinstein lounging in her electrified acrylic bed in 1935, when acrylic plastics were first introduced to consumers, and were very cutting edge. It doesn’t get more glamorous than this!
The beauty of acrylic is how versatile the material is. It can be molded into any shape, and always reflects and refracts light in the most beautiful ways. It can disappear in a room, or be a show-stopping centerpiece, as below, in a more contemporary bedroom setting.
Even when used as a showpiece, acrylic has an ethereal quality, almost disappearing from view at certain angles, making it perfect for smaller spaces that might be overwhelmed by a more solid piece. I love this welcoming entryway bar, paired with an pouty portrait of Brigitte Bardot. Pop-glam perfection, in the tiniest of spaces.
I also love to use acrylic for lighting in the home, as a more modern version of a classic crystal chandelier. Acrylic, though nearly 90 years old now, just feels more like the future than crystal, and reflects light just as prettily.
I used a glamorous acrylic chair to accent a built-in vanity in my latest Houston project. I think Helena Rubenstein would be proud!
For more lovely Lucite (the trademarked name of acrylic) please visit my See Through Shapes Pinterest board.