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Midcentury Faux Tortoiseshell Lucite Box
Located in Tampa, FL
A wonderful 1950s Faux Tortoiseshell Lucite box with detachable compartments. A great addition to
Category

Vintage 1950s American Decorative Boxes

Materials

Lucite

Tortoiseshell Lucite Handkerchief Centerpiece Vase, Italy, 1970s
Located in Rome, IT
Tortoiseshell Lucite handkerchief centerpiece vase Italy, 1970s.
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Acrylic, Lucite

Centerpiece Plate in Tortoiseshell Lucite and Brass, 1960
Located in Rome, IT
Centerpiece plate in faux tortoiseshell Lucite and brass interior, Italy, circa 1960.
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Brass

Hollywood regency brass and tortoiseshell lucite tray, Guzzini Italy 1970s
By Team Guzzini
Located in Firenze, IT
Brass and tortoiseshell lucite tray / vide poche Team Guzzini, Italy 1970s brass, lucite Label
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Platters and Serveware

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Picture Frame Faux Tortoiseshell Lucite by Team Guzzini, Italy 1970s
By Team Guzzini, Christian Dior
Located in Rome, IT
Midcentury beautiful picture frame in faux tortoiseshell lucite and brass details by Team Guzzini
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Picture Frames

Materials

Metal, Brass

Squared Table in Tortoiseshell Lucite and Steel Italy 1970s Faux Tortoise Shell
Located in Rome, IT
Squared Midcentury table made of a tortoiseshell Lucite surface and a chrome "X" structure. Italy
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Hollywood regency brass and tortoiseshell lucite tray / vide poche, Italy 1970s
Located in Firenze, IT
Brass and tortoiseshell lucite tray / vide poche Italy 1970s brass, lucite H 6 cm x 25 x 25 cm
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Hollywood Regency Decorative Bowls

Materials

Brass

Modernist Chrome and Tortoiseshell Lucite Desk Pad, France 1970s
By Mercier Freres
Located in Atlanta, GA
framing with tortoise (tortoiseshell) Lucite insert. The inside is in yellow butter silk with a watered
Category

Vintage 1970s French Modern Desk Sets

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Picture Frame Faux Tortoiseshell Lucite Attributed to Team Guzzini, Italy 1970s
By Willy Rizzo, Team Guzzini, Christian Dior
Located in Rome, IT
Midcentury beautiful picture frame in faux tortoiseshell lucite attributed to Team Guzzini. The
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Picture Frames

Materials

Acrylic, Plexiglass, Lucite

Christian Dior Tortoiseshell Lucite and Brass Square Serving Tray, Italy 1970s
By Christian Dior
Located in Roma, IT
Gorgeous square-shaped Mid-Century serving tray in a stunning tortoiseshell effect lucite and brass
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Brass

Christian Dior Tortoiseshell Lucite Magazine Holder Rack
By Christian Dior, Dior Home
Located in Atlanta, GA
. Expertly crafted from semi-transparent Lucite or acrylic, it boasts a fashionable tortoiseshell texture
Category

Vintage 1970s French Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

Materials

Acrylic, Lucite

Chrome and Tortoiseshell Lucite Decorative Box, 1970s
By Mercier Freres
Located in Atlanta, GA
piece boasts a chrome-plated framing with Lucite in a tortoiseshell (tortoise) textured pattern. With
Category

Vintage 1970s French Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Chrome and Tortoiseshell Lucite Box, France 1970s
By Mercier Freres
Located in Atlanta, GA
chrome-plated framing is complimented with Lucite elements in a tortoiseshell (tortoise) textured pattern
Category

Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Christian Dior Tortoiseshell Lucite Picture Frame, 1970s
By Christian Dior, Dior Home
Located in Atlanta, GA
lovely combination of clear and tortoiseshell texture pattern color. The easel on the back is in the same
Category

Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Picture Frames

Materials

Plexiglass, Lucite, Acrylic

Guzzini Tortoiseshell Lucite and Metal Barware Serving Tray
By Rede Guzzini, Team Guzzini
Located in Atlanta, GA
. The barware piece boasts a large rounded shape with a 24-karat gold-plate gallery and Lucite in
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Metal, Gold Plate

Brass and Tortoiseshell Lucite Barware Serving Tray, Italy 1970s
Located in Atlanta, GA
boasts a square shape with a gilded brass raised gallery and a Lucite base with a tortoiseshell (tortoise
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Metal, Brass

Barware Serving Tray Tortoiseshell Lucite and Brass, Italy 1970s
By Studio Italia Design
Located in Atlanta, GA
1970s. The large rectangular shape boasts a raised Lucite insert with a faux tortoiseshell (tortoise
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Metal, Brass

Maison Mercier Paris, Tortoiseshell Lucite and Chrome Box, 1970s
By Mercier Freres
Located in Atlanta, GA
house Maison Mercier Freres. It features a thick tortoise (tortoiseshell) pattern Lucite or Plexiglass
Category

Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Guzzini Magazine Rack in Tortoiseshell Lucite and Briar, Italy 1970s
By Guzzini
Located in Roma, IT
Gorgeous magazine rack in lucite with a stunning tortoiseshell effect and briar. This incredibly
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

Materials

Lucite, Burl

Serving Tray in Effect Tortoiseshell Lucite Christian Dior Style, Italy 1970s
By Willy Rizzo, Christian Dior
Located in Rome, IT
Midcentury amazing rectangular serving tray in faux tortoiseshell-effect Lucite in the style of
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces

Materials

Acrylic, Lucite, Plexiglass

Serving Tray in Effect Tortoiseshell Lucite & Brass by Guzzini, Italy 1970s
By Christian Dior, Team Guzzini
Located in Rome, IT
Midcentury amazing oval serving tray in faux tortoiseshell-effect Lucite featuring brass handles
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces

Materials

Metal, Brass

Willy Rizzo Umbrella Stand in Tortoiseshell Lucite and Chrome, Italy 1980s
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Roma, IT
Gorgeous umbrella stand in tortoiseshell effect lucite and chrome. This charming umbrella stand was
Category

Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Umbrella Stands

Materials

Chrome

Squared Box in Faux Tortoiseshell Lucite Christian Dior Style, Italy 1970s
By Christian Dior
Located in Rome, IT
Midcentury amazing squared decorative jewelry box in tortoiseshell-effect lucite in Christian Dior
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Tortoiseshell Lucite & Brass Serving Tray by Guzzini, Italy, 1970s
By Guzzini
Located in Rome, IT
Rectangular serving tray in tortoiseshell-effect lucite with brass handles designed by Guzzini
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Metal, Brass

Alpac Midcentury Tortoiseshell Lucite and Brass Magazine Rack, Dior, France 1970
By Christian Dior
Located in Roma, IT
Wonderful Mid-Century magazine rack in tortoiseshell effect lucite and brass. This incredibly
Category

Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Tortoiseshell Lucite and Silver French Serving Tray after Dior, 1970s
By Christian Dior
Located in Roma, IT
Wonderful mid-century serving tray in lucite with tortoiseshell effect and silver. This fantastic
Category

Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Metal, Silver

Dior Style Mid-Century Tortoiseshell Lucite and Silver Pocket Emptier, 1970s
By Christian Dior
Located in Roma, IT
Wonderful mid-century pocket emptier in lucite with tortoiseshell effect and silver. This fantastic
Category

Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Metal, Silver

1970s Mid-Century Modern Fake Tortoiseshell Lucite and Brass Appetizer Tray
By Guzzini, Dior Home
Located in Aci Castello, IT
during the 1970s in lovely conditions. The tray features a combination of fake tortoise lucite and brass
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Brass

Oval Serving Tray in Effect Tortoiseshell Lucite & Brass by Guzzini, Italy 1970s
By Team Guzzini, Christian Dior
Located in Rome, IT
Midcentury amazing oval serving tray in faux tortoiseshell-effect Lucite featuring brass handles
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces

Materials

Metal, Brass

Oval Serving Tray in Effect Tortoiseshell Lucite & Brass by Guzzini, Italy 1970s
By Team Guzzini, Guzzini
Located in Rome, IT
Midcentury amazing oval serving tray in faux tortoiseshell-effect Lucite featuring brass handles
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces

Materials

Metal, Brass

Serving Tray or Vide-Poche in Bamboo and Tortoiseshell Lucite, Italy 1970s
By Christian Dior
Located in Rome, IT
Rectangular serving tray or vide-poche in lucite effect tortoiseshell and Bamboo. Made in Italy in
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Bamboo, Rattan, Acrylic, Lucite, Plexiglass

Oval Serving Tray in Effect Tortoiseshell Lucite & Brass by Guzzini, Italy 1970s
By Guzzini, Team Guzzini
Located in Rome, IT
Midcentury amazing oval serving tray in faux tortoiseshell-effect Lucite featuring brass handles
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces

Materials

Metal, Brass

Serving Tray in Tortoiseshell Lucite and Brass Christian Dior Style, Italy 1970s
By Christian Dior
Located in Rome, IT
Amazing large rectangular serving tray or vide-poche in tortoiseshell effect Lucite and brass
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces

Materials

Metal, Brass

Vase in Effect Tortoiseshell Lucite and Brass Christian Dior Style, Italy 1970s
By Christian Dior, Team Guzzini
Located in Rome, IT
Midcentury amazing squared vase in faux tortoiseshell-effect Lucite and brass polished in the style
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vases

Materials

Metal, Brass

Dior Style Jewel Box in Tortoiseshell Lucite and Chrome, API Italy, 1970s
By Christian Dior
Located in Roma, IT
charming box is made in a gorgeous tortiseshell effect lucite and chrome. A fantastic item, perfect as a
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Tortoiseshell Lucite and Brass Serving Tray by Guzzini, Italy 1970s
By Guzzini
Located in Roma, IT
Wonderful Mid-Century round tray in tortoiseshell effect lucite and brass. This fantastic serving
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Metal, Brass

Vintage Tortoiseshell Lucite & Chrome Serving Tray by Willy Rizzo, Italy ca.1970
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Geneva, CH
Tortoise shell and chrome serving tray by Willy Rizzo made in Italy ca. 1970 Good vintage condition L 54 x D 35 x H 8 cm
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Serving Pieces

Materials

Tortoise Shell

Christian Dior Square Tortoiseshell Effect Lucite Serving Tray, Italy 1970s
By Christian Dior
Located in Roma, IT
Gorgeous large Mid-Century square serving tray in tortoiseshell lucite. This stunning tray was
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Lucite, Plexiglass, Acrylic

Christian Dior Set of Six Coasters Lucite Faux Tortoiseshell & Brass, Italy 1970
By Christian Dior, Team Guzzini
Located in Rome, IT
Beautiful set of six octagonal coasters in faux tortoiseshell lucite and brass borders in the style
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware

Materials

Metal

Christian Dior Tortoiseshell Effect Lucite and Chrome Serving Tray, Italy 1970s
By Willy Rizzo, Christian Dior
Located in Roma, IT
Wonderful midcentury piece of serveware in tortoiseshell effect lucite with a chrome frame. This
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Chromed Steel and Tortoiseshell Effect Lucite Coffee Table, Italy 1970s
By Christian Dior
Located in Roma, IT
tortoiseshell-effect lucite top. This gorgeous and unique piece was designed in Italy during the 1970s. The
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Picture Frame in Faux Tortoise Lucite, Italy
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
Art Deco style photo/picture frame in lucite faux tortoiseshell lucite with an S curved design
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Art Deco Picture Frames

Materials

Plexiglass, Lucite

Picture Frame in Faux Tortoise Lucite, Italy
Picture Frame in Faux Tortoise Lucite, Italy
H 11.03 in W 8.27 in D 1.97 in
Chromed Steel and Tortoiseshell Effect Lucite Square Coffee Table, Italy 1970s
By Christian Dior
Located in Roma, IT
between the chrome and the tortoiseshell lucite top is incredibly charming and makes this piece a must
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Christian Dior Rectangular Tortoiseshell Effect Lucite Serving Tray, Italy 1970s
By Christian Dior
Located in Roma, IT
tortoiseshell effect lucite. This beautiful tray was made in Italy during the 1970s in the style of Willy Rizzo
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Acrylic, Lucite, Plexiglass

Italian Modern Magazine Rack in Faux Tortoise Shell Lucite and Brass, 1970s
Located in Barcelona, ES
Beautiful Mid-Century Modern faux carey / tortoiseshell Lucite magazine holder/stand with brass
Category

20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Modern By Guzzini Italian Lucite and Brass Oval Serving Tray, 1970s
By Guzzini
Located in Roma, IT
Wonderful and large Mid-Century tray in a gorgeous lucite with a tortoiseshell effect and brass
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Brass

Cocktail Set Ice Bucket, Thermos Coaster & Tray Lucite Barware Midcentury Italy
Located in Mombuey, Zamora
Midcentury ice bucket, thermos and coaster Faux tortoiseshell )(Lucite) and metal, (the metal can
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces

Materials

Metal

Lucite and Faux Tortoiseshell Magazine Stand
Located in Hanover, MA
supported by cast gilt brass mounts atop a thick slab of clear lucite supported by four black tapered legs
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Hollywood Regency Magazine Racks and Stands

Materials

Brass

Burl Wood & Tortoiseshell Effect Lucite Box, Italy, 1970s
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Rome, IT
Rectangular box in tortoiseshell-effect lucite and burl wood frame made in Italy in the 1970s.
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Metal, Aluminum

Round Centerpiece Serving Tray Lucite Tortoiseshell & Steel Italy 1970s
By Christian Dior
Located in Rome, IT
Iconic round serving tray / centerpiece in tortoiseshell effect lucite with a steel circle in the
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Metal, Steel

Midcentury Modern Italian Lucite Tortoiseshell Effect Oval Serving Tray, 1970s
By Christian Dior
Located in Roma, IT
Wonderful Mid-Century lucite tray with a fantastic tortoiseshell effect. This amazing piece was
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Acrylic, Lucite, Plexiglass

Serving Tray Lucite Tortoiseshell & Chrome Christian Dior Style, Italy, 1970s
By Christian Dior, Willy Rizzo
Located in Rome, IT
1970s Rectangular serving tray centerpiece in tortoiseshell-effect lucite and chrome borders in the
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Faux Tortoiseshell Serving Oval Tray Centerpiece in Lucite, 1970s, Italy
Located in Rome, IT
Splendid oval serving tray / centerpiece in faux tortoiseshell, Italy, circa 1970.
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces

Materials

Acrylic, Lucite

Basket Tortoiseshell Effect Lucite & Chrome, Christian Dior style, Italy 1970s
By Christian Dior
Located in Rome, IT
Cubic basket in tortoiseshell-effect lucite and chrome borders in the style of Christian Dior
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Baskets

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Gabriella Crespi Style Photo Frame in Lucite Tortoiseshell, Italy, 1970s
By Gabriella Crespi
Located in Roma, IT
Gorgeous photo frame in lucite with a stunning tortoiseshell effect. This elegant piece was
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Picture Frames

Materials

Lucite, Plexiglass

Christian Dior Midcentury Tortoiseshell and Lucite Italian Serving Tray, 1970s
By Willy Rizzo, Christian Dior
Located in Roma, IT
gorgeous tortoiseshell effect and an elegant chromed metal frame. An iconic serving tray or plate that
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Box Tortoiseshell Effect Lucite and Silver Christian Dior Style, Italy, 1980s
By Christian Dior
Located in Rome, IT
Squared decorative jewelry box in tortoiseshell-effect lucite and Silver in Christian Dior style
Category

Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes

Materials

Metal, Silver

Guzzini’s Oval Lucite Serving Tray from 1970s Italy – Faux Tortoiseshell -brass
By Guzzini
Located in Hamburg, DE
yourself in the luxurious aesthetic of faux tortoiseshell-effect Lucite, creating a mesmerizing visual
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Hollywood Regency Platters and Serveware

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Lucite Tortoiseshell Coffe Table Bronzed Mirror Top, Italy 1970s
By Willy Rizzo
Located in Roma, IT
Astonishing midcentury coffee table in lucite with tortoiseshell effect and mirrored glass. This
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Glass, Mirror, Acrylic, Lucite, Plexiglass

Round Centerpiece Serving Tray Lucite Faux Tortoiseshell and Brass, Italy 1970s
By Willy Rizzo, Christian Dior
Located in Rome, IT
Amazing round serving tray / centerpiece in tortoiseshell effect lucite with and border brass in
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware

Materials

Metal, Brass

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Tortoiseshell Lucite For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the tortoiseshell lucite you’re looking for. Frequently made of lucite, plastic and metal, every tortoiseshell lucite was constructed with great care. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer tortoiseshell lucite, there are earlier versions available from the 20th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 20th Century. A tortoiseshell lucite made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Art Deco — is very popular. Many designers have produced at least one well-made tortoiseshell lucite over the years, but those crafted by Christian Dior, Guzzini and Dior Home are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much is a Tortoiseshell Lucite?

A tortoiseshell lucite can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $736, while the lowest priced sells for $235 and the highest can go for as much as $5,764.

A Close Look at mid-century-modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

Architect, writer and designer George Nelson created with his team shades for the Bubble lamp using a new translucent polymer skin and, as design director at Herman Miller, recruited the Eameses, Alexander Girard and others for projects at the legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer

Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were repurposed too: The Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs using surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by celebrated manufacturer Knoll, a chief influencer in the rise of modern design in the United States, thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces — as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients — soon became desirable for the home.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture designers caught the spirit.

Classically oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb, who designed holistic groups of sleek, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

Generations turn over, and mid-century modern remains arguably the most popular style going. As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and elsewhere on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Materials: plastic Furniture

Arguably the world’s most ubiquitous man-made material, plastic has impacted nearly every industry. In contemporary spaces, new and vintage plastic furniture is quite popular and its use pairs well with a range of design styles.

From the Italian lighting artisans at Fontana Arte to venturesome Scandinavian modernists such as Verner Panton, who created groundbreaking interiors as much as he did seating — see his revolutionary Panton chair — to contemporary multidisciplinary artists like Faye Toogood, furniture designers have been pushing the boundaries of plastic forever.

When The Graduate's Mr. McGuire proclaimed, “There’s a great future in plastics,” it was more than a laugh line. The iconic quote is an allusion both to society’s reliance on and its love affair with plastic. Before the material became an integral part of our lives — used in everything from clothing to storage to beauty and beyond — people relied on earthly elements for manufacturing, a process as time-consuming as it was costly.

Soon after American inventor John Wesley Hyatt created celluloid, which could mimic luxury products like tortoiseshell and ivory, production hit fever pitch, and the floodgates opened for others to explore plastic’s full potential. The material altered the history of design — mid-century modern legends Charles and Ray Eames, Joe Colombo and Eero Saarinen regularly experimented with plastics in the development of tables and chairs, and today plastic furnishings and decorative objects are seen as often indoors as they are outside.

Find vintage plastic lounge chairs, outdoor furniture, lighting and more on 1stDibs.

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