The Editors’ Favorite: 6 Ways to Use Clear Acrylic Furniture

With streamlined silhouettes, acrylic furnishings are functional and add no visual weight. Also known as Lucite or Plexiglass, these pieces are clearer than glass and quite a bit lighter. Cleaning is a breeze: just use a soft cleaning cloth and warm soapy water, rinse with clean water, and allow to air dry.

Here in L.A., you see them used at a lot of homes in the Hollywood Hills, Malibu, and in more traditional settings to help lighten the overall scheme or create contrast against more vintage pieces.  In New York, almost every new high-end development has them in their model units.  And editors at design magazines like Elle Decor and Architectural Digest love them.

What we know for sure: if you stick with well-made pieces, they’ll give any space an instant boost of glamour.  Here are some of our favorite ways to use them:

Image courtesy Interlude Home

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The Instant Decorator: Poolside Project

Inspired by Gray Malin’s photographs at the Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club in Santa Barbara, we styled a collection to help you dress up your poolside in minutes.

Coral Casino Beach & Cabana Club by Gray Malin

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Just Dropped: The Haas Brothers + L’Objet Collaboration

In less than eight years, artists Simon and Nikolai Haas (collectively known as Haas Brothers) have taken the art world by storm.  Known for their colorful, biomorphic, and imaginative furniture, ornaments, and objects, the Los Angeles-based twins started out by making furniture for Tobey Maguire when he was redoing his office at Sony Studios in 2010.

Niki and Simon Haas (courtesy Haas Brothers; photo by Joe Kramm)

Following this, they landed a slew of high-profile jobs, including designing monster masks for Lady Gaga, outfitting Louis Vuitton Shanghai’s digs with Peter Marino, producing furniture for Donatella Versace, and working on the lobby of the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.  As if that’s not enough, they’ve also shown their work at Art Basel Miami.

Now, they’ve collaborated with Elad Yifrach from L’Objet to create a family of unforgettable, whimsical creatures:


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Setting the Table: Celebrating Lunar New Year in Style

If you’re like us, you’ve probably moved way past the heavily sauced Chinese dishes from your younger days and sampled your share of truly spectacular Chinese food.

Today, Hong Kong and Macau have 82 Michelin starred recommendations. And on our last trip to Singapore, the dim sum at Jiang-Nan Chun (at the Four Seasons Singapore) was out of this world. Closer to home in L.A., Chang’an in the San Gabriel Valley shows us how a new generation of Asians likes to eat: in restaurants that are well-designed, specialize in serving premium food, and can just easily welcome the local family of ten as well as the Gucci/Prada/Lamborghini students at the local college.

So if you’re a fan of this next-caliber Asian food, how do you do it justice at home?  We’ll show you show.  And once you’ve got the hang of it, a Lunar New Year’s celebration, which falls on February 5th this year, is the perfect time to try it out.


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