While there was a time we felt like it might be a passing trend, we think it’s safe to say that Lucite is here to stay. First introduced to the interiors market in 1937, Lucite is the brand name for the material acrylic resin. The material became quite popular in the 1960’s when furniture makers like Karl Springer, Vladimir Kagan, and Charles Hollis Jones, among others, started using it to craft many of their most famous pieces. We love to use Lucite in our interiors for a couple of different reasons. First, the most interesting rooms always contain a variety of different materials; adding a piece of Lucite to the mix of metal, wood, textiles, etc helps give a space a more layered feel. Second, Lucite is a great solution for small rooms where another material might feel heavy and obtrusive. Third, it’s a great way to add a splash of something modern to a more traditional room. Have we convinced you yet?! Below is an image from our book, “Good Bones, Great Pieces: The 7 Essential Pieces To Carry You Through a Lifetime” (Abrams), featuring a custom-made Lucite coffee table in the NYC apartment of handbag designer Meredith German. Don’t you love the way she stacked her collection of quilts on the table’s shelf?In the living room below, a Lucite table works well in a space with multiple seating arrangements lightening up all of the upholstered furniture. So where do we go to buy Lucite coffee tables? Well, here is our edited down list from high to low. Below, this coffee table by Daybreak Furniture is a great piece in both form and function. We love that it’s a take on the classic waterfall shape but with slightly indented legs to accommodate space for magazines ($256).We’ve all seen this Lucite waterfall-style coffee table from CB2. It may be ubiquitous at this point, but there’s a reason for that–it’s a really good piece. It’s the perfect coffee table for a small apartment; narrow, sleek and unobtrusive with a modern edge (what more could you want!) $279.We came across this vintage Lucite butterfly cocktail table antiquing the other day in Stamford, CT. If it’s not an original piece by a well-known furniture designer, Lucite is often less expensive to buy vintage (and it often looks cooler, too). If you do buy vintage Lucite though, you have to make sure you check the piece closely for scratches ($675). Wisteria makes the best “affordable” square Lucite coffee table. This table is big enough that it can take lots of coffee table books, a few small trays or one large one, and plenty of little objects and other accessories. If you’re big in to accessorizing your coffee table, this one is for you! ($764.15)
This Jonathan Adler piece could work as a coffee table in a small space (it’s nice and short) or as a side table in a large space. The gold metal is a nice detail ($995).
Plexi-Craft is a company we work with quite frequently for clients. Their pieces are typically made to order, and they can custom-make just about anything you want. The quality is very high, and so is the price tag ($5,375).
This is an original Karl Springer piece from the 1960’s for someone who is a real furniture collector ($6,800).