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Plexi-Craft exhibits at ICFF 2013 in NYC

May 13th, 2013 by plexicraft | Posted in Acrylic Chairs, Clear Chairs, Contemporary Design, Contemporary Furniture, Furniture Design, Lucite Chairs, Lucite Furniture, Plexiglass Chairs |

Exciting news! We are exhibiting work from four remarkable designers at the 2013 International Contemporary Furniture Fair, this May 18 -21 at the Javits Center in our home town of New York City. Stop by our booth #2448 to see the latest collaborations from top designers Timothy Whealon, Cheryl Riley, Peter Harrison, and James Michael.

In our booth this year:

  • Timothy Whealon’s acrylic Klismos chair – an elegant, timeless design that translates amazingly in acrylic
  • Cheryl Riley’s stunning new ARCHITECTURE TABLES which combine Plexiglas and the new method of 3-D CNC Machining with classic elements in timeless jewel tones
  • Peter Harrison is debuting a new acrylic twist on his popular Divergence Table – click here to learn more
  • James Michael will show his completely revolutionary Sun Lounger in crystal clear acrylic

We encourage you to stop by our booth to see these latest designs and to hear about special promotions and deals on these and other new product releases for 2013.

Save the Date for our October Showroom Open House!

September 21st, 2012 by plexicraft | Posted in Uncategorized |

Plexi-Craft Open House October 23rd 5 – 8pm

Elle Decor’s Top Ten Benches, +1

December 7th, 2011 by plexicraft | Posted in Contemporary Design, Contemporary Furniture, Elle Decor, Furniture Design, Uncategorized |

Benches are hot items in home design the past couple of years and are used in all rooms of the home: foyer, bedroom, living room, and dining room.  The bench can serve many purposes, including dining seat, extra pull up seating, accent or cocktail table, or “landing zone” for handbags, coats, and packages.

Check out the Top Ten Benches in this month’s Elle Decor.  David Mann’ and Alessandra Branca’s selections represent a broad variety of designs in many different types of materials.  But they did not include any lucite furniture in their collection!  So we would like to bring an acrylic bench as our +1 to this party of benches.

Our design partners are selecting acrylic benches for a variety of projects.  Benjamin Noriega Ortiz of BNO Design used such a bench to match a lucite piano.  Robyn Karp creatively mixed acrylic legs with a traditional upholstered cushion.  And Amanda Nisbet designed a “modular” rolling bench that serves as both a dining chair and a side table.

Over the past year, our most popular benches have been the King George Bench, the Square Cocktail/Console Table Bench, and the Waterfall Table/Bench.  The King George Bench, like several of the benches featured in Elle Decor’s Top Ten, borrows it’s sharp upholstery style from the classic Florence Knoll Bench.  Our design partners often add their own cushions in a variety of fabrics and upholstery style to the Square and Waterfall Benches.  The King George Bench is my +1 choice for the Top Ten list.

What is more exciting is that since Plexi-Craft is a custom furniture manufacturer, we are capable of producing new styles of benches.  I immediately envision several new benches based on some of the design elements of the Elle Decor Top Ten Benches.  Please bring your own inspiration to Plexi-Craft and perhaps we will be on the next Top Ten list.

Elle Decor Fetes the Etagere

November 4th, 2011 by plexicraft | Posted in Contemporary Design, Contemporary Furniture, Elle Decor, Furniture Design |

Thank you to Valerie Pasquiou and Timothy Corrigan for featuring in this month’s Elle Decor the wide array of designs and uses for étagerès.

Ms. Pasquiou applauds our standard étagerè for its “pared-down form” so it is “ideal for an apartment” and “sized for tight spaces.”  This étagerè also demonstrates one of the key benefits of lucite furniture, and Plexi-Craft’s products in particular: “At a distance it disappears, but up close the design is very interesting.”

As with all of the items in our catalog, Plexi-Craft can customize the étagerè to the dimensions or features you want.  We can make it wider, deeper, and/or taller to fit where you need it or hold what you have.  The étagerè can be made with thicker acrylic for a more impressive presentation, or to hold your collection of iron art work!  We can even change the design: solid sides, solid back, double width, etc.

Or, come up with a whole new étagerè design in acrylic.  As I discussed in a previous post, our professional designer clients are regularly asking us to interpret into lucite furniture designs currently constructed in wood, metal or other media.   Which of the étagerès in Pasquiou’s and Corrigan’s collection would you like to see in acrlyic?

A Clear Path to Getting Organized

July 19th, 2011 by plexicraft | Posted in Uncategorized |

Many people know that in a prior life, I ran a home storage company, providing highly customized closet and garage organization systems.  My company’s success was built on designing a custom system to meet each client’s unique organization needs.  I still get calls from friends and clients asking for help with a particularly congested closet, garage, or basement.  Here is a pic of my garage that got it all started:

My two primary recommendations for getting organized are get help and purge.  Get a friend or a professional to help.  Or even swap organization time with a friend.  You clean her junk and she will do yours.  It is much easier to organize someone else’s stuff than your own.  For professional help, I recommend contacting your local chapter of National Association of Professional Organizers, or NAPO.

As for purging, I have an operationally simple yet emotionally agonizing rule: if you have not used it in 12 months, get rid of it.  Purging is no longer wasteful.  Your local Department of Public Works should have online a list of charities and organizations where you can donate or recycle almost everything.

After purging, the organization process is simple:

  1. Purge – if not worn or used in 12 months, get rid of it (except for golf clubs)
  2. Group by seasons and identify less-accessible location for off-season stuff
  3. Inventory what remains (for all seasons).  Includes what, how much space, and what kind of storage required.
  4. Choose a storage system that meets your budget and efficiently holds your stuff
  5. Store and label your stuff so you will know where to put it in the future
  6. Maintain your system, cycling items seasonally and purging on a regular basis.

When I left the home storage business to return to Plexi-Craft, many of my colleagues thought it was to start selling organizing products.  That was not the primary reason, although acrylic is an excellent material for organizing systems.  Acrylic is clear – so you can see your stuff; strong – so it can support your stuff; and malleable – so it can be built to contain your stuff.  Many of the big box retailers feature lines of acrylic containers, shelves and other organizing items.  Plexi-Craft offers a variety of products for organizing your office, kitchen, and bath.  More importantly, Plexi-Craft can custom manufacture shelving, bins, and containers to exactly fit your storage space and the items your are storing.

I hope these tips get you on the clear path to organization.