This week I’m headed to Las Vegas for GlobalShop to exhibit how (and why) I use Lucite® in my fashion designs. As the world’s largest annual event for retail design and shopper marketing, it’s the premiere industry trade show and conference that sets the stage for how the retail experience is crafted. I’ll be with Lucite® International in booth 3510 exhibiting a wonderland-inspired retail display encasing my collection of LuciteLux® clutches along with a limited edition series of LuciteLux® skateboards and a one-of-a-kind handmade and hand painted chair—all meticulously handcrafted by my wonderfully talented husband, Aaron R. Thomas.
I think a designer’s choice of material plays one of the most integral roles in design—its visual aesthetic, touch, feel and even smell contributes to the end experience. When I think of highly-valuable, rare or delicate artifacts and masterworks they’re typically encased in museum quality acrylic cases. The subliminal association of framing what’s valuable in acrylic is one reason why I love working with Lucite®. Its art gallery-like attraction seems to draw your eye to what’s inside. On the flip side, when formed, manipulated or treated with exotic finishes Lucite® morphs into other-worldly appearances; becoming the art that should be in a case! The polarity of its clean, immaculate museum-grade qualities and its ability to transform into fine art, fantasy and replicate the appearance of other objects makes it such a versatile and fun material to design with. It was our intention when designing the display for Lucite® International’s brand of acrylic, LuciteLux®, that we illustrated these qualities and abilities of its material.
“The subliminal association of acrylic as a medium to encase valuables is retail no-brainer. Why do u love Lucite?”
If you’re attending or exhibiting at GloablShop, please come visit me and Aaron with Lucite® International in booth 3510. Aaron will also be hosting a LuciteLux® Design Clinic at the booth offering more than 20-years professional expertise in acrylic to architects, designers and brands seeking a solution for their design dreams. He will also be on-hand to answer questions at the LuciteLux®-sponsored “Acrylic Specification for Architectural Applications” Continuing Education Unit (CEU), which is accredited by The American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Here’s a sneak peak of what we’ll be exhibiting….
Designed and handcrafted by husband and wife designers, Aaron R. Thomas and Stefanie Phan-Thomas.