Further developments in the field of plastics were catalysed by the Second World War, which led to materials like Plexiglas for aircraft canopies or Nylon for parachutes being processed on a large scale. Post-1945, these materials were promoted for new, domestic uses such as plastic cups and plates, Tupperware, toys like Lego or the Barbie doll, and easy-to-clean vinyl surfaces. A few years later, a growing fascination with space flight shifted the focus to plastic’s utopian potential, which was reflected in futurist shapes and new interior design concepts. Examples on display in the exhibition »Plastic: Remaking Our World« at the @VitraDesignMuseum include Eero Aarnio’s »Ball Chair« (1963 and the »Toot-a-Loop« (1971), a plastic bracelet with a built-in radio. us for the opening next week Friday, 25 March 2022. #VDMPlastic https://www.design-museum.de/en/exhibitions/detailpages/plastic.html Image 1: Eero Aarnio, Pallo / Ball Chair, Globe Chair, 1963 Image 2: Panasonic Toot-a-Loop R-72S radio, 1969–72 © Vitra Design Museum, photos by: Jürgen Hans (1) / Andreas Sütterlin (2)
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