Monday, August 23, 2010

Design Tips: All Clear for Transparent Furniture

Remember "Clear Pepsi?"Back a few years ago there was a fad that made normally colored edibles clear, to make the same old products seem fresh and new. Saturday Night Live, circa I- have-no-idea-when spoofed this trend with their fake commercial for a delightfully disgusting "Crystal Gravy" and that was the end of that.

But, just for food.

For furniture, it's still "in." For small spaces, or for anyone with a sense of humor, a now-you-see-it-now-you-don't place to perch yourself or decorative objects, a clear piece of furniture made of acrylic or glass fits the bill.

Need a chair someplace but don't want to make a huge statement? Phillipe Starck's "Louis Ghost" chair is stackable, suitable for indoors or out, and is perfectly clear. Not invisible, just transparent. And, it's available at DWR.

Like a fine line drawing in the middle of a color setting, the oxymoronic chair refers to an exuberant period of design history, but reduces the concept to the basic structure with a few fanciful lines.

Have some pretty chairs and a beautiful rug but don't want to hide them? A frameless glass topped table fits the bill, reducing the otherwise large surface to a bit of shine and a green line at the edges. Custom made or at a huge variety of retailers, glass is the ultimate e
xpression of sleek chic.

CB2 also sells a line of minimal acrylic tables called the "Peekaboo" line. Low tech but modern, these thick bent acrylic sheets lend function where you want to notice only a little form .

Until next time!
--Elaine Bothe

Photos courtesy of Design Within Reach and CB2.

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