Tag Archive | Lucite

Eye On Design: Lucite Box Handbag By Wilardy Originals

lucite box handbag photo by gail worley
Photos By Gail

In mid-century America, molded Box Handbags like this one (circa 1955) were fabricated by the New York City accessory firm Wilardy aka Wilardy Originals, which embraced the increasingly experimental postwar design trend towards ‘scientific’ materials such as Lucite.

lucite box handbag photo by gail worley

Wilardy Originals began in 1946 as Handbag Specialties, a collaboration between father and son team, Charles William Hardy and William Hammond Hardy. The original offices and factory were in New York, and moved to Union City, New Jersey in 1953. Charles, who was called Bill, was a wizard with mathematics and a serious business man. William, known as Will, was the artist, designer, a great motivator and a man who possessed unusual social grace. Will Hardy took over the business in the 1960s, and continued designing and manufacturing into the early 1980s.

wilardy lucite box handbag photo by gail worley

In addition to lucite handbags, Will designed lighting fixtures for Dinico, lucite bathroom fixtures, elegant containers for Atlantic Can, a chest of drawers for Jacqueline Kennedy, chandeliers for the White House, jewelry, tableware for the Grainware Company, and even clothing. He passed away on May 24th, 2018. Find out more about Wilardy Originals at This Link!

Photographed in the Museum of the City of New York in Manhattan.

Eye On Design: Bon Bon Acrylic Coffee Table By Marco Pettinari For Poliedrica

Poliedrica Booth ICFF
All Photos By Gail

This year’s ICFF has come and gone, but the moment I passed by the booth for Poliedrica, makers of sleek, candy-colored Plexiglas furniture, I knew I had found it: the Oh, Wow piece of the entire show! Ladies and gentlemen, may I present the Bon Bon Acrylic Coffee Table!

Poliedrica Bon Bon Table Detail

Comprised of colored, cast plexiglas modules, the table is shaped in such a way that it makes you think of a pile of sweet candies, or Bon Bons, as the French say.

Poliedrica Bon Bon Table Detail

This amazingly colorful acrylic coffee table is designed by Marco Pettinari, produced by Poliedrica, and distributed also by Studio Superego. Poliedrica is located in Pomezia (near Rome) in central Italy. 2019 is the first year that I have seen them at the fair, and boy, did they ever make an impression!

Poliedrica Booth ICFF

Poliedrica Bon Bon Table Detail

In the photos above and below, you can get a better look at the table’s four legs, and see how the translucent nature of the material casts colorful shadows on all surrounding surfaces. Fabulous. In Italian, the name Poliedrica means Polyhedral, which refers to a three-dimensional object with many faces.

Poliedrica Booth ICFF

As you can see, all of their furniture is unique, and absolutey gorgeous. Visit Poliedrica Dot Net for more information on the Bon Bon table and other designs seen in this post!

Poliedrica Booth ICFF

Poliedrica Bon Bon Table Detail