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Lucite International Opens Call for Entries in Annual JUST IMAGINE Awards and Presents Design Clinic at GlobalShop 2015


March 24, 2015 - LAS VEGAS, NV

Lucite International, owner of the LuciteLux® acrylic brand, today opened the call for entries for its third annual JUST IMAGINE Awards (JIA) program at GlobalShop 2015 in booth #3510. The JIA celebrate the work of designers who turn their creative vision into reality using LuciteLux® acrylic.

A distinguished panel of judges, who represent excellence in design, will critique JIA entries. New to the roster this year is Alexis Bittar, whose sculptural jewelry is worn by the likes of Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga. His love affair with LuciteLux® acrylic transcends his global jewelry empire. In fact, as part of Bittar's recent 25th anniversary celebration, he commissioned four prominent contemporary artists to create original artwork using the material.

"I believe LuciteLux® offers endless creative possibilities; I've been working with the material for a quarter century and am still finding new ways to manipulate it," said Bittar. "I look forward to judging this year's entries so I can see how other designers imagine LuciteLux®."

Bittar is known for his labor-intensive seven-part process that involves hand-carving, hand-painting and hand-polishing clear and frosted LuciteLux® acrylic. You can read more about Bittar's history with the material on the LuciteLux® blog.

Lucite International will celebrate the 2015 JIA winner with a full-page spread in Architectural Record as well as a making-of documentary that tells the story of the designer's work with LuciteLux®. The JIA prize package is valued at nearly $30,000.

Aaron R. Thomas LuciteLux® Design Clinic
Known for bespoke furniture and retail displays, Aaron R. Thomas is a leading designer who creates attention-getting installations using LuciteLux®. Thomas is hosting a LuciteLux® Acrylic Design Clinic at GlobalShop 2015. Visitors to the booth have the opportunity to connect with Thomas to discuss everything from design inspiration and mixing acrylic with other materials to manipulating it into any shape or size and delivering full-scale interior solutions. He will also co-host a presentation of "Acrylic for Architectural Specification," the AIA accredited Continuing Education Unit course with the LuciteLux® team during the show. Interested parties can sign up here.

Also on Display in the LuciteLux® Booth
GlobalShop attendees can explore the full line of colors and effects for a variety of retail-related applications. They can see practical examples of LuciteLux® acrylic used with the very latest LED technology and ultra-slim profile frames to create crystal clear graphics. They can also view an eye-catching sculpture of the Statue of Liberty, which uses precision laser-cut layers of LuciteLux® acrylic sheets; its creators are LuciteLux® fabrication partners, who will be on hand to talk about the ease and flexibility of working with the acrylic material.

"GlobalShop presents what's trending right now in retail design and offers inspiration at every corner, making it the ideal event to announce our JIA call for entries," said Chris Robinson, business manager for acrylic sheet products at Lucite International. "We're also excited to talk with designers about how we can color match LuciteLux® acrylic sheet to any shade in the spectrum -- helping them create imaginative concepts tailor made for their retail environments."

JUST IMAGINE Awards Details
The company began accepting JUST IMAGINE Awards entries today via www.lucitelux.com and will continue to do so through September 18, 2015. Entering is easy. Participants can simply upload an image of a project using LuciteLux® between 2013 and 2015 and answer three questions to be eligible.

Additional JIA judges include: Aaron R. Thomas; Anne-Louise Ewen, fine artist and LuciteLux® painter/sculptor; Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno, architects and founders of Future Cities Lab; Ron Labaco, Marcia Docter curator for the Museum of Arts & Design; and Chris Robinson, business manager, Lucite International, Inc.

The JUST IMAGINE Awards will also honor a runner-up with inclusion in the winner's news release, presence on the LuciteLux® social media pages and a mention in the making-of documentary.

About LuciteLux®
Manufactured by Lucite International, LuciteLux® continuous and cell cast acrylic is as tough as it is beautiful. It resists scratching and has built-in UV protection, which keeps colors true over time. The material is easy to cut, join, form and fabricate and is available in an array of colors, textures and thicknesses. These features, coupled with excellent optical clarity and light transmission qualities, make LuciteLux® ideal for use in point-of-sale, display, signage, furnishings, fashion accessories, interior design and more. For more information, visit http://www.lucitelux.com, http://www.facebook.com/lucitelux or http://www.pinterest.com/lucite.

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Jennifer Leckstrom
215-681-0770
jleckstrom@rosecomm.com

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