I'm excited to present a post from one of our favorite sites, Shelterpop!
Next time you spy a must-have Lucite table in a magazine, you'll know where to find it: Here are three shops that specialize in all things Lucite.
Acrylic furniture is an easy way to punch up a boring room. Not only does it bring a hint of modern to a staid space, it adds an artsy feel too. Whether it's called Perspex, Plexiglas or Lucite, it's all made from the same material — acrylic glass. If you're on the hunt for clear furnishings, it can be hard to cut through all the bar and club distributors, award makers, podium designers and — well — the uglies. Here are three clear winners when it comes to top quality attractive acrylic furniture.
Anything and Everything. This New York-based fabrication house will take a simple sketch or your dream piece of furniture and make it in plexiglass. From custom headboards, executive desks and even folding chairs, I don' think there's anything Plexi-Craft won't do. In fact, they ask you to challenge them -- right there on their homepage. The prices vary, depending on the complexity of the piece. An average waterfall cocktail table will run you about $325, but something a little more complicated like a butterfly base is closer to $1000.
Plexi-Craft has been working with plexiglass for over 50 years. I'm sure you won't find too many other furniture makers who can say the same thing about one material. Everything they make is handmade, using no fancy tools other than a band saw.
Things to Know
Plexi-Craft offers a large selection of pre-made acrylic pieces ranging from accessories to large furniture pieces, so you don't have to go custom. However, if you have the desire to create something unique, you can do so right from their website. You also have the option of customizing something that they already have. They even offer design assistance at no extra charge, so take them up on it — they're experts! If you need to touch and feel the quality, you can visit their Long Island showroom.
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If you're looking for high-end acrylic furnishings, then you've landed on the goldmine with the Spectrum family. Just looking at some of their pieces makes me feel like I've spent money. I have seen Spectrum West furniture in person and let me tell you that it's no joke. The acrylic is super-thick and high-quality. Their prices are not for the faint of heart: Their traditional waterfall table starts at $1650 for a small size; a more complicated table might run you over $6,000.
Spectrum has been creating high-quality acrylic furniture since 1983. Spectrum Limited is their traditional range, and Spectrum West launched not too long ago to fill the need for more modern pieces. Spectrum works with colored acrylic, wood tops, upholstery -- you name it. Each piece is made entirely by hand by skilled craftsmen, and while they don't advertise it, they will entertain custom designs.
Things to Know
They do not have their own showroom, but there is a list of retailers located in most major cities on each website. They are going to be launching a new line called Emporium in coming months, which will feature one of a kind, rare pieces ranging from acrylic chandeliers to other mixed medium pieces.
Everything acrylic. California Acrylic Design not only creates trophies, awards, aquariums, podiums and the usual acrylic items -- like waterfall tables (just like the picture up top) starting at $326. They specialize in making custom pieces.
This is a small company, but if you're local to Los Angeles, you can bet that anybody looking for acrylic furniture will be pointed in their direction.
Things to Know
They offer polishing and scratch-buffing services for your existing acrylic furniture. Although they closed their showroom in 2008, they allow customers to stop by their Los Angeles studio to see what they're making.
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