City Light Phoenix Coffee table by Thomas O'Brien
for Century was inspired by a 1970's table the
designer found in London.
POINT, N.C. — Clear the way for style with a little
transparency. The use of acrylic and Lucite continues to
excite furniture designers and consumers alike.
can see how clarity elevates what would be just another
dresser or chair to a transitional piece that will fit
any setting from modern to classic, contemporary to
traditional. Among the companies clearly benefiting from
the trend are French Heritage, Kelly Hoppen, Century and
Global Views, among others.
adds the sparkle to beautiful wood furniture just as
diamonds add sparkle to a beautiful woman," said
Henessy Wayser, president of French Heritage.
decidedly modern material, plastic gives classic forms a
contemporary ambiance. Here is a look at some of the
ways see-through furniture gives any interior a clear
acrylic legs to the tightly upholstered Ava bench from
Ambella Home takes this rather traditional piece from ho
hum to hip. Also using clear legs to float furniture
were Thomas O’Brien for Century and Theodore
City Light Phoenix coffee table by Thomas O’Brien
features thick Lucite legs holding up a crotch mahogany
wood veneer top that can be swapped for a glass top. The
design was inspired by a 1970s piece Mr. O’Brien found
in London. Theodore Alexander’s Levitate cocktail
table does just what its name suggests, with a mahogany
and acacia parquetry top suspended above acrylic panel
House goes a step further with the Molly cocktail table.
Completely clear with Greek key detailed feet, the table
practically disappears. It’s ideal for small spaces
and comes with a clear glass inset top.
Heritage added side panels of acrylic and draw pulls of
the same material to its Riva three-drawer chest and
tall Reese semainier chest. The melding of an antique
cherry finish with chevron pattern veneer make these
pieces irresistible to lovers of modern decor.
wanting to disappear is the Degas occasional chair by
Kelly Hoppen for Resource Decor. The chair’s acrylic
back and arms show off the velvet upholster, and the
body is perched atop a metal base. Also using clear
Lucite to enhance upholstery and give a little back
support is the Where’s Ken vanity chair by Caracole.
there’s the Beverly bar cart by Mitchell Gold + Bob
Williams. It’s pure cocktail-hour sophistication on
casters, with acrylic, satin brass and a mirror tray top
to stir things up.
Gold + Bob Williams: mgbwhome.com