The invention of plastics in the 1930s opened the gateway to the production of acrylic products in the 1940s. It quickly became apparent that acrylic could be heated, moulded and cast into an endless range of products that were conducive to the home. Production ranged from devices for plumbing, air conditioning units, outdoor patio accessories to even jewellery. The world of acrylic quickly took on a new force in the mid twentieth century.
In 1967, the Panton Chair, a furniture design classic, went into mass production. It was the very first fully plastic chair made from a single section. It was versatile for dining inside or on the patio, as a side chair or simply as an object of art. Today it is considered a mid-century modern classic and it is as popular today as it was since its first launch.
The market offers a range of acrylic, Lucite, Lexan and Polycast all of which are basically different grades of acrylic patented by different companies but all allow for the natural light to pass through and shine like highly polished crystal. The traditional clear colour has evolved into a multitude of translucent colours ranging from red, green, orange, blue and even pink.
Acrylic furniture when placed in a room can add excitement and intrigue. Many pieces are available with lines of classic traditional furniture giving the design of a room the ability to provide a bridge between ultra modern contemporary furniture and classic antiques all used in the same room.
Makers of acrylic are highly innovative and always willing to take risks so if your looking for pieces that are ultra modern or twist the classics, acrylic furniture will dazzle your space.