Its fun to watch trends as they come and go. For the last few years we’ve seen the market for acrylic and glass pieces grow and expand in both interior design and fashion. One thing is clear, transparent furniture, home accents, and jewelry are part of a trend that is sticking around. Below are a few of our Venetian glass intaglio pieces. These Italian sea glass pieces come in clear (which has a slight greenish tint) and aqua. The intaglios come in the coin, cross, fluer de lis, horse head, and bee designs.
Speaking of Italian glass… murano lamps, chandeliers, and home accents have also been trending in the interior design world. Whether its true Murano (made in Italy on the Venetian island of Murano) or just Murano-inspired, we love all the colored glass looks. These are vintage murano lamps below and they come with a pretty heavy price tag.
One of the great benefits of transparent home accents and furniture is that it doesn’t add any weight to the room. In this bedroom, the side table has the same functionality of a dresser or table, but the lightness of the piece allows for a chair to be brought in without it seeming too overcrowded.And of course we love the use of clear furniture when you don’t want to cover up a beautiful rug.Acrylic was also wildly popular in the 60s and 70s, so there is a market of wonderful vintage pieces to be found. And for the traditional home, there are still many ways to incorporate transparent furniture or accent pieces. Almost every type of furniture now has an acrylic counterpart. So you can find pieces in this modern material that have traditional lines. For example, this dining table has the lines of a traditional wood piece but the acrylic and glass combo brings glamour to the room.
And check out this acrylic version of a classic entry hall chest. Gorgeous!You can also do fun things to upgrade your antiques with translucent materials. This armoire in Susan Shaw’s home is a perfect example. The doors have been cut out and acrylic has been added to make it a perfect place to display items in your home. What a beauitful mix of modern and traditional!
Lately, this trend has evolved from clear to colored. Alexandra Von Furstenburg’s line of acrylic furniture includes many neon colors like in this pink console pictured below.
Here is another view of the same piece- you can see the color is only in the edges. So cool!
And we love these colored ghost chairs that we’re seeing- such a fun item to add to the mix of your home decor.
This trend is clearly here to stay!
Susan Shaw Jewelry
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