The Interesting life of Acrylic

The Interesting life of Acrylic

After World War II, manufacturers scouted non-military applications for a product that proved its durability in the form of fighter plane windshields, submarine periscopes, and bomber noses. The 1939 World's Fair first showcased the fabrication of Lucite furniture. Used initially for high-end Hollywood-styled glamour designs, Hungarian artist and set designer Ladislas Medgyes created one-of-a-kind plexiglass pieces for Helena Rubinstein's New York City apartment. While neither particularly practical nor affordable, these pieces established acrylic glass furniture as viable. Prized for its stylishness and adaptability, clear plexiglass furniture experienced a renaissance in the '60s and '70s. Designers continue to love it. It's back, and here to stay.