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Acrylic and copper add contemporary edge, beauty to any decor – The Pasadena Star |

Acrylic and copper add contemporary edge, beauty to any decor – The Pasadena Star


This copper Thompson Traders bathtub provides the ultimate in luxury and relaxation while adding a more contemporary touch to the space. (Photo courtesy Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery showroom)

This copper Thompson Traders bathtub provides the ultimate in luxury and relaxation while adding a more contemporary touch to the space. (Photo courtesy Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery showroom)



















For those looking to add a bit of whimsy to their decor, consider two top trending looks — acrylic and copper.

Acrylic, also called Plexiglass, was introduced in 1933 by the Rohm and Haas Co., and the material is used by Los Angeles-based contemporary designer Alexandra Von Furstenberg to create modern and fun furniture and accessories. The brand is AVF and features tables and colorful accent pieces such as bowls, boxes, vases and ice buckets.

“Acrylic has a very high clarity and is a very strong material, yet at the same time it’s lighter than glass,” said Victor Taniska, AVF director of operations. “At larger thicknesses, over 1-1/4 inches, it’s actually bulletproof and what secure places like banks use for windows. It has greater flexibility over glass in regards to bending and carving.”

In addition, it’s a popular choice for furniture and home accessories.

“What’s great about acrylic is that it blends into almost any type of decor because of its clarity and the fact that it has a crystal-like feel to it,” Tanisaka said.

AVF products are sleek and elegant while definitely adding a “notice-me” factor to any room. It brings the right amount of interest and contemporary panache.

Both acrylic and copper design elements can be seen at the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, just enough to catch the eye and add a nice modern touch to the 101-year-old home. And they can do the same for homes of any age.

“The acrylic chair that I have displayed in my room is a solid molded Italian acrylic chair modeled after a Louis XVI chair,” said Jeanne Chung of Cozy•Stylish•Chic in Pasadena in an email. “Because this year’s Showcase House is a 1916 English Tudor, I felt that it was important to respect the architecture of the home but to also incorporate modern details. The ‘Marilyn’ acrylic was the perfect piece to incorporate into the room, as it is a classical style, but shown in modern materials, merging the past with the present.

“I have had this chair displayed in my Old Pasadena store for the past few months and surprisingly it is the one item that appeals to both the millennial consumer as equally as it does to the more conservative-minded generation.”

Those consumers, she added, probably like the traditional style, one they’re familiar with and perhaps already have in their homes. The more modern/contemporary home could use the chair as a buffer, something that can break up simple lines.

“The translucent acrylic is right at home in a modern space,” she said. “The button-tufted seat and classical lines are an unexpected twist where classic is once again modern.”

The chair, like many acrylic pieces today, is solid yet seemingly doesn’t occupy much space in a room.

“An acrylic chair is the perfect piece of furniture where you do not want visual clutter in a room or if you have a decorative rung or floor in which you want the floor to be more visible,” Chung said.

Want to be a bit more edgy? What may have started with the copper Moscow mule mugs so popular these days has blossomed into other barware pieces, lighting, colanders and even napkin rings — everything including the kitchen sink.

It’s the Gilded Age for copper or copper finishes. It’s shiny but warm. The metal is modern yet rustic, industrial-looking while retaining its organic roots. Suddenly, many homeowners seem to be crazy for copper.

“Copper, or ‘rose gold’ as some refer to it, has seen a resurgence throughout the design world for a couple of years and is continuing to make its way into homes,” Chung said. “Because most homes already have other metal finishes incorporated into them, the introduction of copper creates a warmer, more eclectic mix.”

Individuals have been trained in the past, particularly when it comes to fashion, to not mix metals. Times have changed on the runway and in the hallway.

“Copper can be used in the most traditional of homes (as originally it was) but is also now used in the most contemporary homes,” Chung said. “A traditional home might have hammered or tooled copper with a time-worn patina, but a modern home would use the same material in a high polish and shaped into simpler lines.”

Copper pieces (lighting, appliances and bath fixtures) by Ferguson Lighting Etc. are seen throughout the Showcase House but can easily be incorporated into any home, according to Alison Crowley, Pasadena showroom manager. Copper brings warmth and timeless feeling to its surroundings, she noted. It pairs well with darker grays and natural finishes, particularly in kitchens, where it adds a bold stroke.

“You used to see copper plumbing and accents in farmhouse decor, but now it’s seen in under mounts. It provides a pop of shine,” she said. “You’ll see it, too, used in faucets, which is another fun way to go bold.”

Resources

Alexandra Von Furstenberg (AVF): 300 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood; 310-777-0253; www.alexandravonfurstenberg.com

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery: 340 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena; 626-463-4180; www.fergusonshowrooms.com

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