There is a significant trend in interior design, and has been for several years now, involving the use of “invisible” materials, such as acrylic and glass. These substances are making a comeback particularly in contemporary furniture designs, sort of an updated throwback to mid-century designs. (You can learn about what does
Wavy “Waterfall” Glass.
Some of us might associate wavy glass with glass shower doors or other versions of privacy glass, but its
Glass & Gold.
The classic combination of clear glass with gold accents will forever be a staple in sophisticated interiors. The absolute visual
Glass Table Tops.
Glass as a table top, whether it be a coffee, side, end, or dining table, has become more common over the past years. This is likely due to a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that, due to glass’s transparency, it showcases the architectural design of the modern table’s base. Which is generally designed to be noticed, indeed.
This is another excellent example where a glass top showcases the details of a well-designed table base. The varied heights of
Not all plastic/acrylic/Lucite is going to be clear. This chair is an excellent example of the look that can be achieved when color is incorporated. It’s an utterly fantastic, completely
The Finishing Touch.
Often, and ironically, transparent materials used in modern design are meant to be the sort of pièce de résistance to the entire whole. (I say “ironically” because these materials are the least visually apparent.) Why this is the case, I’m not exactly sure – perhaps because it requires an observer to study the piece a little more closely, knowing that there’s more than what first meets the eye. These glass-tipped pendants embody this concept of “hidden treasure,” as well.
If you want the full attention on the rest of your piece, acrylic detailing is an excellent option. These fun and funky modern “cheese grater” pendants can hang almost invisibly from their acrylic hooks. The transparent hook also helps to emphasize the beautiful braided cording, rather than distract from it.
Let yourself “see” how productive you can be with a glass-topped work desk! This is a less common use
It’s no roll-out clear vinyl, like what your sweet grandma puts over the tablecloth for Sunday dinner or whatever, but acrylic and glass can have be as functionally protective as visually aesthetic. Particularly on a piece made of softer wood, a clear protective (permanent) cover can keep the piece looking new for a long time. (Bonus: The extra bouncing around of the light is extra brightening for the space!)
It’s no surprise that clear materials, such as glass and acrylic, find an ideal