Jeffrey Bigelow

March of 1969 marks the beginning of the time-line for Jeffrey Bigelow journey towards his evolution in the design and manufacturer of acrylic furniture.  

While on Spring brake from the University of Maryland, Jeffrey met John Wilier in a small shop on Howard Ave., in Kensington, Maryland. 

Jeffrey accepted a part time which allowed for him to go to school in the mornings and work in the afternoon.  

The company was called Glaspec, Inc. and it was only 2 weeks old when Jeffrey began working along side John Willier as the one and only employee. The company who's founder's, lead by John Willier, had established a business plan to design and manufacturer "Plexiglas" furniture. The furniture to be sold on a wholesale level to interior designers and retail furniture stores. 

One of the originating partners (Derwood Settles) wife (Carolyn Settles) was an interior designer and designed the original line to be offered for sale. The designs were simple, elegantly styled and photographically represented in a two page, bi-fold, file-folder style catalogue with a price list.

Manufacturing of the furniture was being established from the ground floor.  As it turned out, the key to the successful sales and marketing efforts would result from a decision to fabricate the furniture using MMA cements. This was a critical decision fraught with problems as the technology was crude in relation to the aesthetic requirements for furniture.  Having stumbled upon the technology John Willier, along with his lone helper Jeffrey Bigelow, began perfecting the "bubble free" glue seam which up to this point had never been seen.

The 16" x 16" x 16"h cube table was was the first design to take off.  Bloomingdale's in New York City and Nieman Marcus in Dallas were among Glaspec's principle customers.  They had never seen such a perfect clear plastic cube and ordered hundreds over the period 1969 to 1972.