DESIGNING ALEXANDRA'S MODERN ACRYLIC FURNITURE COLLECTION

After reading all about the value and attributes of acrylic in our post, What is Acrylic?, we can now go on to explain how an Alexandra Von Furstenberg table is designed and made.

1:  The Inspiration for AVF Contemporary Furniture and Accessories

The first phase in creating an AVF piece of course is the inspiration of the design. 

The inspiration for Alexandra's acrylic tables come from so many places, objects or people, that it's hard to know when or where the inspiration will click.  The one thing that all of her inspirations have in common is that they almost always visual in nature.

Her first collection was inspired by the luxurious faceted cuts of diamonds.  A clear and fine example would be the facets seen on the Ice Acrylic Table or the Emerald Cut Bullet Modern Cocktail Table.

2.  Implementing the Acrylic AVF Design

From here, after the inspiration is found, Alexandra designs each piece, all while considering the properties and flexibility of acrylic, but also keeping in mind its limitations.  Once the design has been sketched out roughly, it is then rendered and technically drafted on a CAD program in various options of size, proportion or color with an acute attention to the finer details.

Next, the final renderings and technical drawings are taken to the factory where it will be discussed and engineered with a craftsman and where a prototype will be made.  AVF will sometimes make a miniature of a new prototype first to save on time and materials. 

3.  Cutting and Bonding the Acrylic

AVF designed pieces are usually more complicated than most other acrylic furniture because of the gem-like facets and angles that she uses to capture light and reflection. Alexandra's pieces also call for very thick sheets of acrylic.  Using 2", 3" or 4" sheets is not uncommon in her designs which are needed to be able to create all the angles and facets.  This of course adds to the luxury, value, and quality of her pieces.  

Therefore, each piece must be skillfully cut using saws with great precision into the shapes needed to make the piece.  There isn’t a lot of tolerance for error in cutting a piece as each 1/16” can throw off the entire fitting of the pieces ant the tiniest pocket of air can create unwanted bubbles in the bonding process.

Next comes the bonding, which again is another complicated process and requires a lot of patience.  Everything down to the temperature of the glue as well as the room must be ideal.  Pieces are bonded together one by one, and the proper amount of drying time must be given before you move on to the next step.

4.  Buffing. Polishing and Caring for Acrylic

Buffing comes next.  This is what gives the acrylic its polished, slippery and glossy feel.  AVF pieces also have fine beveled edges adding to the luxury and feel of the piece.  The corners and edges are never sharp as you often find in lesser quality acrylic furniture.  Getting the piece to glisten and shine as only acrylic can do takes time and patience, but the reward of seeing the piece reflect the light makes it all worth it.

From time to time, we recommend polishing your acrylic pieces to recapture it's original shine.  Also, polishing helps to remove fine scratches. We recommend Sprayway Plastic Cleaner to repel dust and for more everyday cleaning.  We also recommend polishing your piece from time to time using NOVUS Acrylic Cleaning and Polishing kits.  Both can both be purchased online or over the counter at hardware stores.  NEVER use any cleaners that contain ammonia or do not specify that they are safe to use on acrylic.

5.  The Final Step

After it’s been buffed, it goes on to be inspected and approved to AVF’s standards.  If it passes the quality inspection, a signed, numbered, and dated plaque is adhered to it signifying that it’s an authentic Alexandra Von Furstenberg piece.

Lastly, the final step is delivering the piece to the customer to enjoy.  Whether in your home, office, or business, your new Limited Edition Furniture piece by Alexandra Von Furstenberg is an investment that will make a bold contemporary statement and retain its value and prestige like a fine work of art would as long as you take great care of it. 

AVF Plaque