This adjective describes the application of a lacquer, which means applying any one of a variety of clear or colored synthetic organic coatings to furniture or accessories. The coatings dry, forming a hard, protective film. Just think of fingernail polish, which was originally called fingernail lacquer (and still is by some). Lacquer tends to get a bad rap because it is still associated with the 1980s cheesy bachelor pad look, where black lacquer furniture and Nagel prints prevailed. The reality is that the practice of using lacquer has been around for thousands of years. The precise technique and skill required was for years passed down through generations of families as well as from master artisan to apprentice. Therefore, depending on how it is used, lacquered items can be either traditional or contemporary.