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Fantastic plastic : product design + consumer culture

Author: S T I Mossman
Publisher: London, UK : Black Dog Pub., ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Product Description: Plastics have been the defining material of the twentieth century. From the first man-made plastics in 1862 to the patenting of Celluloid in 1870, plastics originally provided an attractive replacement for ivory, tortoiseshell and bone. In Fantastic Plastic contemporary designers, artists and scientists explore the evolution of this ubiquitous and endlessly malleable material, through its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Bildband
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: S T I Mossman
ISBN: 9781906155407 1906155402
OCLC Number: 172980026
Notes: Statement of responsibility from cover.
Description: 185, [4] pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 30 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Emerging consumer markets --
What are plastics --
Natural plastics: known since antiquity --
Semi synthetic plastics and the nineteenth century --
Synthetic plastics and the twentieth century --
Towards colour --
The plastics explosion --
Beyond the 1930s --
Form in plastics --
Design 1940s --
present --
New plastics --
Fantastic plastic? --
The future was plastic.
Responsibility: [Susan Mossman].

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Product Description: Plastics have been the defining material of the twentieth century. From the first man-made plastics in 1862 to the patenting of Celluloid in 1870, plastics originally provided an attractive replacement for ivory, tortoiseshell and bone. In Fantastic Plastic contemporary designers, artists and scientists explore the evolution of this ubiquitous and endlessly malleable material, through its trademarked names-Spandex, Teflon, Nylon, Rayon, Tupperware-through to looking at how its function and reputation have changed over its lifetime. Plastics have been used in the manufacture of everything from toys, to furniture, to clothes and have played its part in the creation of contemporary design icons from the iPod to the Tom Vac chair. Fantastic Plastic shows how product design has developed and considers its usability, technology and appearance. The history of plastics is in so many ways the history of contemporary industrial design and the book provides a fascinating look at how designs using plastics can be considered as works of art, as well as objects of our everyday lives. Fantastic Plastic provides a comprehensive survey of the ecological, technological and aesthetic qualities of plastic and considers the future of the material that has made such a mark on contemporary life.

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