'California's Designing Women': Dorothy Thorpe

Though most people associate Lucite with 1960s and '70s design, this glass and Lucite tray by Glendale designer Dorothy Thorpe (1901-1989) dates to about 1940. "It's the first example of extruded Lucite that I've ever seen," curator Bill Stern says. "There were a few high-end designers that were dabbling in Lucite in the '30s. Bill Haines had Lucite sconces at the 1939 world's exhibition in San Francisco. Here we have Dorothy Thorpe producing this stuff, and it's in her 1941 catalog! Europeans didn't even start the process until 1935."
Lorca Cohen
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