The 60s plastic obsession has been embraced yet again. Plastic furniture and homewares are everywhere and looking better and brighter than ever before. The range of comfortable and scratch-resistant pieces for today’s interiors enthusiast are so tempting you’ll have the whole house looking fantastic in plastic.
Colour My World
Plastic is a versatile material that comes in every shade imaginable. From black to magenta, the flat and glossy surface of plastic makes every colour pop and shine, so don’t be shy in choosing plastic for homewares as well as furniture. If you don’t fancy acquiring a big bold 60s style plastic chair, try a few barstools in bright red or a small stool in a transparent yellow to ease you into introducing plastic into your home.
Those Crazy Kids
If you have young children plastic furniture is a great choice. It’s hard to break and can be easily cleaned. A stray ball bouncing into that vase? Not a problem if it’s plastic! Young children also tend to have a way of spreading food all over furniture – a nightmare to clean if you have beautiful soft furnishings, but not a problem with plastic. And scratch-resistant plastic is the norm nowadays, ensuring your colourful pieces look perfectly new after years of wear and tear.
Plastic isn’t always opaque. You can find a huge selection of transparent items also in any colour. In fact, the latest trend in plastic furniture is completely see-through pieces such as chairs, lamps and stools. Not only are they interesting and unique, but they add a little glamour to your rooms with their glass-like appearance – shiny and reflective.
Completely waterproof, plastic furniture is so obviously versatile. Chairs can be moved outside for al fresco dining and you don’t even have to worry if you leave them there. Simply wipe down and bring them back indoors where they resume their ultra chic presence in the home’s interior.
Expect the Unexpected
You may have preconceived ideas about what plastic furniture looks like but be prepared for a pleasant surprise. Covetable and classic designs once sculpted from wood or now being transformed by the simplicity and beauty of plastic. Even replica Louis XV chairs have been given the plastic treatment!
Get the look…
•Plastic comes in every colour, so don’t be shy - integrate a bold piece of plastic into your home.
•Plastic furniture and homewares are the perfect choice for families. Plastic is easily cleaned, non-breakable and there a re many types of scratch-resistant plastic nowadays that will still look good in years to come.
•Transparent plastic is so on trend right now. It looks like glass (without the danger element) and is both glamorous and interesting.
•The versatility of plastic means you can use it indoors and outdoors.
•Be surprised by classic and collectible replica furniture now in plastic!
#1 – Kartell: The Culture of Plastics (Taschen) taken from architectureartdesigns.com
#2 – architectureartdesigns.com
#3 – designoflove.com
Katie Evans - Milan Direct