no end to the trend

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). 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.

(lamp base)

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!

March 4, 2011. Tags: . 1920's, Helena Rubenstein, Lucite Furniture. 13 comments.

channeling helena


quel bombshell! i’ve always loved katie holmes and it’s great to see her front and center again.

especially when she’s sitting on the helena rubenstein chair!


or doing anything, really. she’s the epitome of glam in these shots. they were done for the ny times by Solve Sundsbo who really captures an era that’s hard to replicate, but they nailed it.

it’s a supporting role but to see her on this chair is a thrill! she’s perched on the original from alan moss’ showroom in nyc, one of my favorite resources with one of the most comprehensive collection of delicious objets and furniture you will ever covet!



Single Lucite Chair Commissioned for Helena Rubenstein
United States
Single lucite chair with etched rose motif. Commissioned for Helena Rubenstein by Ladislas Medgyes the orignal set of eight chairs were made by Roman Haas who made the first lucite furniture. Documented in the book “Over the Top” by Suzanne Slesin.

the paris apartment collection

helena rubenstein chair

(if you have a store and would carry them or want one for yourself, let me know)

ok, i’m off to art basel, it’s my first time! have a wonderful wintery night!

December 4, 2008. 1920's, 1930's, art, Celebs, Decorating, Design, Fashion, Films, Furniture, Helena Rubenstein, Products, Projects. 19 comments.

my mom doesn’t know


i talked to my parents last night and was surprised when mom said she has no idea what i do in florida! it made me realize that i may blab a lot, but maybe not about what i’m actually up to with the biz. sooo, for starters, mom, these are the latest in our Helena line of lucite chairs and stools. They’re inspired Helena Rubenstein’s own collection and love of acrylic furniture (even her bed)! even tho lucite’s making a comeback, it’s been around for decades. take a look at our girl’s place in the 30’s:


and her new york apartment, shot for elle decor:



the early days in nyc, 635 Park Avenue designed by J. E. R. Carpenter. Madame Helena Rubinstein’s triplex penthouse, view of her foyer


searching around led me to some other wonderful memoirs of her life, like this portrait

and art she collected


but it always leads back to paris, doesn’t it? this was shot by Richard Avedon in her apartment on Ile St Louis in Paris, 1947


ok, i’ve gone and opened a can of it now, take a look if you dare! so…we’re officially off the topic. it’s so easy to get lost so i’ll sign off now. have a great sunday!


ps i couldn’t resist looking one more time and found this photo: F.S. Lincoln captured a quiet moment in the garden of Helena Rubenstein’s Paris penthouse for the January 1938 House & Garden. The apartment on the Ile Saint-Louis overlooks the Seine, with a distant view of Notre Dame.


she was one grande dame!

and mom, the tables were for jonathan adler, my idol, and it’s been stressful to say the least. so just wish me luck!

November 16, 2008. 1920's, 1930's, art, Decorating, Design, Fashion, France, Furniture, Helena Rubenstein, Projects. 19 comments.