allo darling friends, ça va? i hope your week is winding down and you’re gearing up for a great weekend doing wHaTeVeR it is you want to do!
i’m tying up loose ends before the architectural digest show which is in less than two weeks. i’m mainly showing our lucite collection and by day have been getting the grunt work done. at night i’ve been turning if off when i’m here just to shake my brain up a bit. but when the editor at large did an article on lucite’s 75th anniversary, i got reinvigorated and hit google.
of course in this day and age you can’t get too far without uncovering something beyond expectation. i found this photo of helena rubenstein in her lucite bed, holding court in the 30s as if she’ was madame de rambouillet. and all around her everyone is sitting on lucite chairs. mme helena was a trendsetter who loved the invisible and playful furniture that was being created with the new, modern, crystal clear and versatile acrylic. how is it that lucite still has a fresh new feel and even seems trendy at 75?
helena was such a diva. she had a set of these chairs scattered throughout her apartment. katie holmes used one in her glam shoot and it’s as fierce today as it ever was. i guess lucite has a futuristic quality makes it seem timeless.
today, we make them to order, without the etching. (below).
thepeakofchic.blogspot.com amy fine collins’ apartment
but helena’s bed, egads, that bed is bordering on obscene but has become a legend!
in fact it’s the centerpiece of 1st dibs’ brand new showroom new york city! (below)
the way they staged it is so depressing it looks like a funeral home. they did NOT do it justice in my opinion. ug. i can barely look at it.
anyway i came across all sorts of fun old ephemera which is like finding treasure maps.
i love the envelope, it’s a great way to store all those love letters and postcards from the paris flea markets.
and it’s fun to wear
no one is immune from this invisible trend, even dogs have lucite beds
gucci-lined at that
and it makes a pretty good desk
there is truly no end to this ingenious material.
and by the by, it holds its value. if you see one of these ice buckets while you’re out thrifting, nab it. check out the ransom they can fetch at the link above. i found two in palm beach just last week and should have grabbed em!
i’m a sucker for these tacky little makeup caddies from the 40s. when i found the magazine that showed the crafty guy how to make them i just about melted.
anyway all this makes what i’ve been doing the past couple days a little more fun cause i have some new layers to think about. i’ve been working on making sure the website is tight, adding new products, creating sample boards and having all the pieces upholstered.
here’s a sneak peek at the new bath line. below is our faceted towel bar. it’s chunky with sparkly edges and is like a big jewel.
well, i could ponder the lucite phenomenon all night but whatever the reason, clearly, it’s here to stay.
i think it’s time to decompress for the day so i’m tuning out and turning in. have a great night!