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Mutant materials in contemporary design | Paola Antonelli, editor | Museum of Modern Art, publisher | 1995 | PART 3

Mutant materials in contemporary design, Paola AntonelliPaola Antonelli
The Museum of Modern Art, United States of America, 1995

What follows is an alphabetical listing by designer of the rubber and foam items in the “Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design” exhibition.  The date of manufacture is followed by design development date in parentheses.

Ron Arad. British, b. Israel 1951
“Misfits” Sofa. (1993) pp. 74-75
ICI Waterlily™ foam and upholstery fabric
Prototype by Moroso S.p.a., Italy
Lent by Moroso S.p.a., Cavalicco, Italy

Avocet, Inc.
Marty Holloway. American, b. 1964
Gary Erickson. American, b. 1957
“02 Air 40” Bicycle Saddle. 1992 (1991) p. 70
Closed-cell polyurethane foam, titanium, impact-modified nylon shell, and Lycra® cover
“02 AirGel 50” Bicycle Saddle. 1992 (1991) p. 70
Closed-cell polyurethane foam, gel, titanium, impact-modified nylon shell, and Lycra® cover
Manufactured by Avocet, Inc., United States
Lent by Avocet, Inc., Palo Alto

G. Michael Christy. American, b. 1945
“Reflex Exercise Putty. 1991 (1991)
“Ultralite Sports Putty. 1991 (1991)
“Rebound Putty. 1991 (1991)
Polymers of silicone rubber and emollients
Manufactured by The Christy Company, United States
Lent by The Christy Company, Pleasanton, Calif.

Aubert Y. Coran. American, b. 1932
Raman P. Patel. American, b. 1936
Sabet Abdou-Sabet. American, b. 1937
“Santoprene®” Thermoplastic Elastomer Pellets. 1981 (1981) p. 80
Elastomeric alloy/thermoplastic vulcanizate made from cross-linked polypropylene and EPDM (ethylene-polypropylene-diene monomer) rubber
Manufactured by Advanced Elastomer Systems, L.P., United States
Lent by Advanced Elastomer Systems, L.P., St. Louis, Mo.

Design Continuum, Inc.
David Chastain. American, b. 1952
Andrew Jones. American, b. 1959
Harvey Koselka. American, b. 1964
Carl Madore. American, b. 1966
“Airflex” Baseball Glove. 1991 (1991) p. 71
Lycra®-covered neoprene, RF (radio-frequency) welded polyurethane air system, and full-grain leather shell and liner
Manufactured by Spalding Sports Worldwide, United States
Lent by Design Continuum, Inc., Boston

Dynamic Systems, Inc.
“Sun-Mate” and “Pudgee” Foam Cushionings. 1978 (1978) p. 78
Open-cell high-performance polymeric foam containing 50% vegetated plant materials
Manufactured by Dynamic Systems, Inc., United States
Lent by Dynamic Systems, Inc., Leicester, N.C.

1990 (1988) p. 80
Injection-molded polymers, elastomers, and other materials
Manufactured by Carl Zeiss Ferngläser, Germany
Lent by frogdesign, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Carl Zeiss Ferngläser, Aalen, Germany

GVO, Inc.
Michael Barry. American, b. 1956
Shawn Hanna. Canadian, b. 1969
Jay Wilson. American, b. 1941
“i/O” Personal Digital Assistant. (1994) p. 80
Insert-molded Santoprene® thermoplastic elastomer over injection-molded ABS
Lent by GVO, Inc., Palo Alto

Hella Jongerius. Dutch, b. 1963
“DD 09 Soft Vases.” (1994)
Molded soft polyurethane
Lent by Droog Design Foundation, Voorburg, The Netherlands

Masayuki Kurokawa. Japanese, b. 1937
“Gom” Pens. 1992 (1992) p. 85
Injection-molded synthetic rubber, stainless steel, and brass
“Gom” Push Pins and Magnets. 1985 (1984) p. 85
Injection-molded synthetic rubber and stainless steel
Manufactured by Fuso Gum Industry Co., Ltd., Japan
Lent by Masayuki Kurokawa, Tokyo

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory at the University of California
“Aerogel” Insulating Material. 1987 (1987)
Manufactured by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, United States
Lent by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory at the University of California, Livermore, Calif.

Ross Lovegrove of Studio X. British, b. 1958
Stephen Peart of Vent Design. British, b. 1958
Knoll In-house Design Team
“Surf Collection” Lumbar Support. 1994 (1994) p. 78
Molded Gecet™ (high-memory thermoreactive polyurethane foam), neoprene, nylon, and die-cast zinc counterweight
Manufactured by The Knoll Group, United States
Lent by The Knoll Group, New York

MAP International
Christopher Connell. Australian, b. 1954
“Pepe” Chair. 1993 (1992) p. 75
Injection-molded CFC (chlorofluorocarbon-free) flexible polyurethane foam, self-skinning polyurethane, wool upholstery, steel-spring support, and steel frame
Manufactured by MAP (Merchants of Australian Products Pty., Ltd.), Australia
Lent by MAP, Melbourne

Nike Product Design
“Nike-Air” Athletic Shoe Cushionings:
“Air Max2,” “Blow-molded Technology Cushioning,” “Flexile-Air,” and “Low-pressure Nike-Air®.” 1994 (1993) pp. 71-72
Blow-molded urethane
“Nike-Air Tensile-Air” Cushioning. 1994 (1993) pp. 71-72
Urethane film and three-dimensional mesh fabric
“Air Go LWP (LightWeight Performance) Athletic Shoe (section). 1994 (1994) pp. 71-72
Solid-rubber outsole, Phylon® (ethylvinylacetate) foam midsole, “Visible Air™” heel, “Tensile-Air™ “ forefoot, and synthetic rubber
“Regrind” Rubber. 1992 (1992)
Granulated and separated elastomer obtained from recycled athletic-shoe soles
“Air Moc” Shoe. 1994 (1994)
Full-grain leather, neoprene, synthetic leather, thermoplastic rubber, and Regrind rubber
Manufactured by Nike, Inc., United States
Lent by Nike, Inc., Beaverton, Ore.

Michele Popp-Saward. American, b. 1968
“Image Pro®” Bicycle Helmet. 1993 (1993)
In-mold Microshell® expanded-polystyrene foam liner, insert-molded polycarbonate shell, and nylon webbing
Manufactured by Bell Sports, Inc., United States
Lent by Bell Sports, Inc., Los Gatos, Calif.

Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Renzo Piano. Italian, b. 1937
Noriaki Okabe. Japanese, b. 1947
Kansai International Airport Lobby Seating. 1994 (1993) pp. 76-77
Molded polyurethane foam, steel, aluminum, artificial leather with proteins, and beech-veneer plywood
Manufactured by Okamura Corporation, Japan
Lent by Okamura Corporation, Tokyo

Marc Sadler. French, b. 1946
“Drop 1” and “Drop 2” Lighting Fixtures. 1994 (1993) p. 79
Injection-molded silicon-elastomer diffusers and Lexan® polycarbonate wall mounts
Manufactured by Arteluce (a division of Flos S.p.a.), Italy
Lent by Flos S.p.a., Brescia, Italy
Motorcyclist's “Bap” Back Protector. 1993 (1992) p. 84
Expanded-polyethylene base, low-memory-foam inner padding, expanded-polyurethane pads, and polypropylene cup protector
Manufactured by Dainese S.p.a., Italy
Lent by Dainese S.p.a., Molvena, Italy

Sensa Design
Boyd Willat. American, b. 1943
“Sensa Pen. 1994 (1993)
Injection-molded Plasmium™ gel grip, silicone jacket, and aluminum-and-brass-alloy interior
Manufactured by Willat Writing Instruments, United States
Lent by Willat Writing Instruments, Los Angeles

Smart Design
Stephan Allendorf. American, b. 1954
Michael Callahan. American, b. 1965
Dan Formosa. American, b. 1953
Steven Russak. American, b. 1962
Davin Stowell. American, b. 1953
Tucker Viemeister. American, b. 1948
“Good Grips” Utensils. 1989 (1989) p. 81
Injection-molded Santoprene® and other materials
Manufactured by OXO International, United States
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, gifts of the designers

Wayman R. Spence. American, b. 1934
“UltraSoft® Blue Gel Bicycle Comfort Pad.” 1994 (1994)     p. 70
Thermo-injected UltraSoft (viscoelastic-polymeric) gel
Manufactured by WRS Sportsmed (a division of the WRS Group, Inc.), United States
Lent by the WRS Group, Inc., Waco, Tex.

Vent Design
Stephen Peart. British, b. 1958
Bradford Bissell. American
“Animal” Wet Suit. 1989 (1988) pp. 82-83
Molded neoprene, thermoplastic elastomer, nylon jersey, and Delrin® zipper
Manufactured by O'Neill, Inc., United States
Lent by Vent Design, Campbell, Calif.

Virtual Studio
Peter Stathis. American, b. 1960
“Thumb Sparing” Ski-pole Grip. (1991) p. 81
Double-shot injection-molded Santoprene®
Lent by Peter Stathis, Philadelphia


Antonelli, P., ed. (1995). Mutant materials in contemporary design. New York, NY: Museum of Modern Art, NY.

Antonelli, P., (1995). Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design. Retrieved April 10, 2009, from Museum of Modern art Web site: http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/1995/mutantmaterials/checklist.html

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