The transparent trend of lucite material has returned to the interior design industry and it’s quickly taking us by storm. With a deeply rooted history, lucite’s light reflective surface is now making its way into the modern, chic home once again.
So how did lucite material begin?
This material is often associated with Hollywood Regency glamor. It was commercially available in 1937 and was used in a variety of designs and applications. Fast forward to 2015, and this material has made a comeback as a versatile and beloved material for home interiors. Adding an element of splendor in just about any home, lucite has certainly not lost the Hollywood Glam it originated in.
What was it originally used for?
We mentioned that lucite was used for a variety of purposes, and it’s true – this material was used in everything from military applications on submarines and airplanes to women’s jewellery and handbags. In the modern world, there was really no limitations to its use.
So what about interior design?
Lucite is a popular choice and an alternative to glass because the material is very strong, light and durable. In many projects, lucite is actually the preferred materials because it is shatter resistant and can be carved and dyed in a variety of colors. In addition, lucite is able to reflect light in such a way that it keeps it on the material’s surface. As such, it is perfect as an edgy piece to a classic, modern room, providing visual energy to the interior. Lucite can turn a traditional space into something marvelous, modern and amazing, as it has the ability to break up the visual weight of items such as wooden tables. Lucite made a comeback in the 60’s thanks to Modern Interior Design and was used in light fixtures, accessories and furniture. By 2002 Philippe Starck introduced the now infamous Ghost Chair and that was the beginning.
We love integrating lucite into the classic and modern home. Just remember: you shouldn’t use traditional glass cleaner on the material; instead, search for an acrylic cleaner.