Several 1960s Lucite tables live in my home as a lovely reminder of my Aunt Babbs and Uncle Bill. Babbs was larger then life in all things pertaining to Style –the way she carried herself, her dress, jewelry, cars, home and even how she entertained. As a young girl, I wanted to be just like her. A boyfriend found her given name, Bessie Mae, embarrassing and decided to call her Babbs — the name stuck. She was married to Willie Shoemaker, the famed Thoroughbred horse racing jockey and they enjoyed a jet-set lifestyle.
Every time I pass by her coffee table in my living room I am reminded of Babbs and her great eye for design and style. She passed away a couple of years ago and I still feel her presence daily, which would make her very happy. She has left a lasting impression on me.
I’ve had other Lucite pieces over the years and they’re wonderful because they work within a variety of interior styles. This versatile material, sold under many names, was developed in the 1930s and has come in and out of fashion since it became commercially available in 1937 but it is here to stay. Nowadays, the vintage pieces are highly sought after due to their one inch thickness and their appeal as mid-century modern collectables. Some of the most well-known designers who used Lucite in their furniture designs are Karl Springer, Vladimir Kagan, Charles Hollis Jones and Gaetano Sciolari. Finding pieces in good condition can be challenging but there are some fantastic examples at Jean-Marc Fray in Austin, Texas. http://jeanmarcfray.com