Scouring the Stamford antiques trail for luxe Lucite
Invented by DuPont in 1931, Lucite has had a lasting presence in the design world due to its durability and versatility. With the resurgence of ’70s style—the materials’ heyday—vintage Lucite is more prevalent than ever. Purchase College’s Neuberger Museum of Art is currently exhibiting “Plastic: Art in an Era of Material Innovation,” exploring the uses and artistic applications for this synthetic medium. I hit the Stamford antiques trail in search of a Lucite piece to refresh my entry hall for fall.
First stop: Antique & Artisan Center. This massive gallery is chockful of the clear stuff. My favorite was this stacked Lucite lamp base (one of a pair). My entry console called and told me it needed them. $1,850 for two, 69 Jefferson St., 203-327-6022.
Next door, Harborview Antiques’ ultra-chic chandeliers (below right) caught my eye. The Lucite Prism chandelier features a brass-finish frame, making a statement on its own or grouped as a pair. $4,200 each, 101 Jefferson St., 203-325-8070.
Just around the corner at Hamptons Antique Galleries, this midcentury Modern stacked Lucite lamp (above left) is handcrafted by designer George Bullio and certified with a foil label. A true statement piece. $730, 441 Canal St., 203-325-4019.
Cross the street to find Hiden Galleries, where I found these faceted Lucite pricket candlestick holders (above left), in purple and green hues—the ideal centerpiece for a Modern table. Set of three, $325, 47 John St., 203-363-0003.
After a walk from Hiden through the Juliska parking lot, the adjacent Greenwich Living Antiques & Design Center was a breath of fresh air (literally, it was a 90-degree day). I loved this leather and Lucite magazine rack, circa 1980s (above right). And don’t worry—I measured—it’s large enough to hold your latest copy of CTC&G. $550, 481 Canal St., 203-274-5130.