Acrylic was first introduced by the Rohm and Haas Company in 1933 and is often known as Perspex™, Plexiglas™ or Lucite™ among others. While it looks like glass, it is stronger and about half the weight. Acrylic is also crystal clear (unlike glass, which has a green hue).
It is a highly durable fabric that is also easy to clean. Acrylic furniture and accessories can last an eternity with minimal care and maintenance. Acrylic is also stable when exposed to sunlight, so it will not yellow or crack even when used in normal outdoor environments.
Each piece of Douglas Orde furniture is hand crafted and unique. It takes 16 man hours just to make a small lamp, and many more hours to create a coffee table.
Once the acrylic is cast into blocks, each piece is measured and cut precisely to fit before being hand polished. The adhesive and bonding methods we favour provide the most transparent and durable joints possible.
Our trademark layers of colours are individually layered and bonded, again by hand. This is a highly skilled and complex process carried out in a tightly controlled environment to prevent high failure rates. When bonding acrylic, the material becomes ‘alive’ and will move and alter its shape. This is why it takes so long to create each piece.