Furniture Focus: Acrylic & Lucite Furniture

Looking at the history of Lucite yesterday whetted my appetite for clear furniture. There is plenty of clear acrylic furniture on the market today. Clear furniture is perfect for when you want a sense of visual lightness in your space — and when don't you want that?

Of course, there is acrylic and then there is acrylic. Some of these prices may seem absurdly high, but compare them in person to the cheaper stuff and you'll be able to tell the difference. Expensive acrylic can be thick and luxurious, crystal-like, seamless; cheap acrylic has a noticeably more plastic look and feel. But that's not to say it can't still do the trick and look great in the context of your interior.

Caring for acrylic is harder than you might think. According to designer Patricia Gray: "Clean lucite with hot soapy water using a soft cloth. The type of polishing cloth you use will make a difference. The ideal cloth is nonabrasive, absorbent, and lint free. To eliminate any chance of scratching lucite , use only disposable cloths. Reusable cloths can retain abrasive particles, but you won't know for sure until the damage is done. Do not use sprays such as Windex or Fantastic on lucite."

1 Louis Ghost armchair by Philippe Starck from DWR, $410
2 Bond End Table from Jonathan Adler, $1250
3 Peakaboo Clear Coffee Table from cb2, $249
4 Acrylic Coffee Table with Glass Top from Wisteria, $899
5 Tobias Chair from IKEA, $99.99
6 Acrylic Tripod Easel from cb2, $179
7 Grace Lucite Console Table from Tonic Home, $2500
8 Lucite Trunk by Serge de Troyer from Tonic Home, $2950
9 Acrylic Side Table from Horchow, $678.90
10 Adair Acrylic coffee table from Overstock, $225.99
11 Illusion End Table from Anthropologie, $998
12 Akbar Table from White Webb's "Clearly Classic" collection of acrylic tables
13 Vintage Lucite Coffee Table from Jayson Home and Garden, $395
14 Z Chair from Plexi-craft, $609
15 Deco Lucite Bench from the Paris Apartment, $2290

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