Today we thought we’d take a closer look at (through?) Lucite. A trademarked name, like Kleenex or Xerox (and, of course, Anaglypta), that is synonymous with its product, Lucite was first manufactured in the 1930s. It has the visual lightness of glass, but the functionality of plastic. Its sheerness makes it something of a chameleon; it looks right at home next to leopard prints and brass in the most glossy of rooms, but also makes a nice pairing with more toned-down organic elements.
This room is a good example of Lucite holding its own in a more neutral, rustic space. These ghost chairs take center stage without taking up visual space. Raise your glasses to Lucite, and to the high-waisted pants trend!
Lucite in kids rooms to us seems a bit much (remember this crib?), but as book ledges its function dominates and it doesn’t seem so contrived.
This is the perfect mix that is, again, best paired with menswear-inspired trousers. But if you’ve created this elegant little writing corner, we’re not too worried about the rise of your pants.
This room is edgy and sophisticated (and the occupants apparently have a thing for sea urchins). The Lucite table melds into the dramatic dark walls and lets the rug underfoot do its best to soften the room.
Because Lucite seems to float in a room, Lucite tables can handle a lot of objects without looking cluttered. They’re a good choice for bar carts and coffee tables, as in these next two photos.
We can each think of about 15 places in our homes where this amazing vintage vanity could live. Those bowed legs!
We each have Lucite tables that we love. Here is Katie’s thrifted Lucite side table:
And here is Mera’s coffee table from CB2:
Lucite is soft and does get scratched and can also turn cloudy over time. We’ve had good luck fixing both issues and keeping our tables clean with this cleaning system.