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You can do it with plastics ...
The earliest wonder of plastics was thought to be the extent to which
they could convincingly substitute for a wide range of materials as
different as say stone and lace. However plastics have liberated design
from the constraints of traditional materials. Something made of plastic
can be any shape or colour and have a greater variety of texture,
strength, density, flexibility and weight than any other material.
Plastics can also be mixed with other materials and thus extend their
potential. Exploitation through design of developments in plastics
during the last 100 years has transformed the manufactured environment
and achievement within it.
Plastics are now the group of materials with the most uses in the
world. This exhibition focuses on specific applications of plastics in
order to demonstrate how the properties of plastics have influenced
design and how the contribution of plastics is distinct from that of
Louise Dennis (Assisant Curator)