Lucite International, owner of the LuciteLux™ acrylic, announced it will host an exhibition at Material ConneXion, a global materials consultancy based in New York City, to celebrate the brand’s 75th anniversary. The exhibition opens on May 10 and will remain on display through June 10, 2011.
The exhibit will include a series of current product applications, which demonstrate the versatility of Lucite and its use in a wide range of industries, from architecture and furnishings to industrial design and retail merchandising.
“Our venerable product has made a significant impact on the design, fashion and art worlds over the last several decades,” says Chris Robinson, business manager at Lucite International. “As such, we are not only celebrating where the brand has been but also its potential for the future.”
Originally created by DuPont, commercial production of Lucite began in 1936. During World War II, it was used for submarine periscopes, windshields and canopies, as well as gun turrets for airplanes. Handbag, jewelry and furniture designers made Lucite a must-have material in the 1950s. Now called Lucite International, the company is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Rayon but the material is still manufactured just outside Memphis. Lucite is easy to cut, join, form and fabricate, and continues to be popular today in fashion, interior design and architecture circles.
Visit www.materialconnexion.com for exhibit times and location.