French designer Erwine Laverne once said, “The most important element in rooms is people, not furniture.” Erwine and his wife Estelle became famous for their Lucite chairs and made the case for lucite furniture in 1959. Decades have passed, but we’re happy to say that lucite is back and it’s here to stay.
Though lucite was most popular during the 50’s-60’s, it was actually introduced in the 1930’s. Among the first collectors was Polish-American businesswoman and art collector, Helena Rubinstein. Helena collected art, furniture and decor in bulk and was well known in the design community. It’s unclear if an interior decorator introduced her to lucite, or if she found it herself, but she remains known for her glowing lucite sleigh bed from Paris.
What we love most about lucite furniture is its ability to remove clutter from a space. Coffee tables, chair legs, or any other type of pedestal furniture can seemingly add chaos to a space. The use of lucite furniture completely removes that worry. This is especially useful today when people are moving into smaller and smaller spaces. There is a large focus right now on living with minimalism – and acrylic or lucite pieces are the perfect solution!
Below are some of our favorite uses of lucite furniture. What are some of your favorite looks? Share with us in the comments below!
Even more exciting news about lucite? We’ve added some STUNNING new lucite pieces to our collection. From two-tiered transparent tables juxtaposed with shining brass, to a beautiful Mid-Century Modern mix of lucite, brass and chrome -these new tables are must-haves for any modern home. Shop now.
You may recognize this designer from a variety of projects around Texas. He’s unafraid to push the envelope and it’s evident in many of the projects he’s completed over the years – including the likes of Uchi, DownHouse, La Condesa, Taco Deli Westlake, Juliet and more. Joel Mozersky is one of the top names in the Austin design community.
His most recent project is the one we’ve had our eyes on. Down the road from our gallery sits a historic mansion near the corner of West Lynn and West 6th. With just over 8,000 square feet, the project was a large undertaking and no detail was left behind. As obvious lovers of history, it’s no surprise that the Jean-Marc Fray team has been admiring this project from afar over the last year. From the grand entry and parlor room to the extravagant master bed and bath, the home is dripping in luxury craftsmanship and decor. We’re just excited the photos have finally been released so we can share with you!
To learn more about Joel Mozersky Design, visit their website or check out this article.
Our favorite aspects of this home are the beautiful original hardwoods that have been restored, the beautiful vintage lighting and brass elements surrounding the entire dwelling.
Are you working on an upcoming design project? Or looking to enhance your home with vintage pieces? Check out our winter sale (ending soon!) to receive up to 40% off one-of-a-kind vintage lighting, Murano glass, vintage leather, and more! Sale only available directly through Jean-Marc Fray Antiques. No holds. Cannot be combined with other offers. Limited time only.
We were fortunate enough to attend the Tribeza Interiors Tour this past weekend and we were blown away by the beautiful design elements all throughout Austin. We live in a city rich with talent, and it was a fabulous experience to see how each designer has curated and showcased their vibrant style in different homes around the downtown area. From South Austin to Brykerwoods, we’ve gathered some of our favorite homes from the tour.
Nestled in the heart of Austin, Texas on West 6th Ave, sits a uniquely curated design district that we like to call home.
Austin continues to be a trendsetter in the design and architecture industries and the Clarksville/West 6th neighborhood is no stranger to that! We’ve been lucky enough to have our doors open in the West 6th neighborhood for over 20 years, right inside the Whit Hanks Antiques building. There’s a lot of talent in this little section of Austin – endless opportunities for collaboration and referrals! We’ve gathered a list of some of our favorite design shops right in our neighborhood. Whether you’re redesigning a space or building a completely new one – the Design District on and around West 6th is the perfect place to plan and purchase for your next project.
We proudly specialize in everything from Murano glass and Midcentury furniture to pieces from the Art Deco and Louis XVI periods. With more than 20 years in the business, we can happily share our expertise and even offer interior design services for any project you have in mind! We have pieces that will suit every taste – from modern to timelessly elegant.
From unique textiles and pillows to art and accessories, Meredith Ellis’ designer bungalow boutique is everything that dreams are made of. We’re so happy to call Meredith our neighbor and friend. If you’re in the market for textiles you simply can’t find anywhere else – James Showroom should be your first stop, and we dare you to try and leave empty-handed.
Annie Downing Interiors
We have a serious Instagram crush on Annie Downing Interiors. We love everything about this design firm – especially their eye for detail. We know we’re cut from the same cloth because of how Annie combines the old and the new – always mixing vintage and modern pieces, and then adding the perfect mix of fabrics. Annie Downing Interiors has all kinds of accessories, barware and gifts for any budget.
If you’re in search for a little global flare in your home design, El Interior is the perfect spot. From clothing to homegoods, Marcia Lucas has been sourcing sustainable, fair-trade goods from artisans in Mexico and Guatamala for over 35 years.
David Allen Rugs
Located conveniently right next door to our showroom, David Allen Rugs is a great spot to shop for your next decorative rug. They have a beautiful selection of oriental rugs and have a highly educated staff ready to help you from the moment you walk in the door.
From high end furniture, accessories, and gifts to their entire line of natural bedding – Wildflower is a fabulous shop located on the corner of West 6th and North Lamar. For over twenty years, owners Cory and Gunnar Hedman have prioritized environmental responsibility at the heart of their business. If you’re in search of natural homegoods and gifts – this is the perfect place to shop.
Supply Showroom has it all. Fabric, leather, rugs, wallpaper… – you name it. Located on Lake Austin in a 1930s bungalow, they have the perfect set up to complete a space whether it’s residential or commercial!
Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery
For the serior art collector, Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery has museum-quality pieces spanning art history from the 1600s until now. From Rembrandt to Matisse, you can confidently source fine art from this beautiful gallery and know the works are both original and historic. Russell Collection also showcases a variety of modern-day artists such as Maxine Price and Brian Hamill. For more information visit their site or stop in their gallery right off West 6th!
Contemporary furnishings, modern lighting and more can be found at B&B Italia, right next door to Whit Hanks Antiques.
Page Home Design
Luxury and comfort – the two key concepts Suzi Page Whitworth had in mind when she founded Page Home Design. Page Home Design provides full-service interior design work and prides itself in being able to source one-of-a-kind items for its clients.