OBJECT <> PLASTIC <> SEARCH

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Air One chair and Air Two stool | Ross Lovegrove | Edra, Italy | 2000

Ross Lovegrove Ross Lovegrove
Edra, Italy, 2000

Ross Lovegrove was born in 1958 in Cardiff, Wales. He is sometimes known as “Captain Organic” for the obvious influence of biology on his work. Lovegrove studied at Manchester Polytechnic and graduated with a First Class BA in Industrial Design in 1980. He then attended the Royal College of Art in London where he completed his master of design. His impressive resume includes Walkmans for Sony, computers for Apple, and furniture for Knoll.

Check out Ross Lovegrove’s website here, then a 2006 interview with Designboom and a 2007 interview with Wallpaper*.  From there, watch these videos.

Ross Lovegrove’s TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) lecture “The power and beauty of organic design” (2005).   From the TED site, why you should listen to him:

He is truly a pioneer of industrial design. As founder of Studio X in the Notting Hill area of London, the Welsh-born designer has exuberantly embraced the potential offered by digital technologies. However, he blends his love of high tech with a belief that the natural world had the right idea all along. Many of his pieces are inspired by principles of evolution and microbiology.

Designspotter TV meets Ross Lovegrove at Cologne Design Week, Cologne (2009).

The Air series by Ross Lovegrove for Edra is high strength, lightweight furniture made from pressed polypropylene beads. Founded in 1987, Edra is a company known for its innovative use of transparent plastic and coated metallic paper for upholstery. The Air series came in dark gray, silvery gray and metallic blue and originally retailed at $530 for the chair (115 cm wide by 115 cm deep by 53 cm tall) and $115 for the stool (45 cm in diamter and 45 cm high). Three colors of the Air One and Two Three colors of the stool.  Image source.

Edra logo 
The Air series by Ross Lovegrove for Edra is high strength, lightweight furniture made from pressed polypropylene beads. Edra is a company known for its innovative use of transparent plastic and coated metallic paper for upholstery. The seats came in dark gray, silvery gray, green and metallic blue and originally retailed at $530 for the chair (115 cm wide by 115 cm deep by 53 cm tall) and $115 for the stool (45 cm in diameter and 45 cm high).

Air One chair and Air Two stool

Promotional image of the Air One and Air Two chair and stool.

Air Two stool Air Two stool

The stool.  Image source, eBay.

Air Two stool Ribbed structural detail of the stool interior.  Image source, eBay.

Air Two stool, detail

Detail of the pressed pellets.  Image source, eBay.

Air Two stool, imprint

Edra stamp on the underside of the stool.

Reference

Rohrlich, M. (2000, October 12). Packing material takes a back seat. The New York Times, Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2000/10/12/garden/currents-furniture-packing-material-takes-a-back-seat.html?pagewanted=1


Share |

Sunday, March 21, 2010

4677 Portariviste | Giotto Stoppino | Kartell, Italy | 1999 | UPDATE

Giotto Stoppino 4677 rackGiotto Stoppino
Kartell, Italy, 1999

An update to my post of December 21, 2009, the reissue of the 4 compartment Portariviste by Giotto Stoppino for Kartell. The 4677 magazine rack was reissued by Kartell in 1999 in batch dyed and transparent PMMA.

Stoppino 4677 imprintImprint on the 4677 (reissue) magazine rack by Giotto Stoppino.  Image source:  eBay / photobucket.

Stoppino 4677 detailed viewHandle and bottom detail on the 4677 (reissue) magazine rack by Giotto Stoppino.  Image source:  eBay / photobucket.


Share |

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Flute vase | Stefano Giovannoni | Alessi, Italy | 2002

Stefano Giovannini Flute Vase Flute vase
Stefano Giovannoni
Alessi, Italy, 2002

The Flute vase by Stefano Giovannoni for Alessi comes in two color pairs, pink and orange and green and blue.  The vase  is designated ASG50 by Alessi.  The inset seems to glow neon-bright even in low light conditions.  Each vase is marked twice, once on the base and once on the insert, “Alessi Italy Stefano Giovannoni 2002”.

The flute vase is 10 inches tall by 3.5 inches in diameter at its widest point.  It is made from PMMA.

Flute vase, pink and orange Flute vase, pink and orange

The flute vase in pink and orange.  Image source:  eBay

Flute vase, green and blue Flute vase, green and blue

                                   The flute vase in green and blue. 

The flute vases sometimes come up on eBay, but they’re not too easy to find elsewhere.  The only place I could find one new was from Panik design (UK).


Share |

Friday, March 12, 2010

A di Alessi | Various Designers | Alessi, Italy | 2000s

A di Alessi logoIn 2006, Alessi invented three categories for their products: the main collection, “Officina Alessi,” and “A di Alessi” (Italian for “from Alessi”). The A di Alessi collection consists of more affordable items than the other Alessi collections. Many of these items are made of plastic. This post is two pages that show the A di Alessi collection for Fall, 2009.


Share |

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Polymer data handbook | James Mark, editor | Oxford University Press, publisher | 1999

Polymer Data HandbookPolymers are compounds that include plastics, artificial fibers, rubber, cellulose, and some coatings and adhesives. This book presents key data on approximately 200 important polymers currently in industrial use or under study in industrial or academic research. No other single source covers so many polymers or offers such a depth of data. The book standardizes and makes accessible a wealth of essential data for students, teachers, researchers, and other professionals in chemistry and chemical engineering.

Entries are presented as pdf files and can be read using Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the freeware reader, it can be downloaded from Adobe. Each entry opens with a citation of the contributor's name and notations of acronyms and trade names, class of polymer, structure, and major applications.  These are followed by tabular displays showing the properties of each polymer. The maximum consistency possible has been established for properties presented with regard to format, terminology, notations, and units. However, not all properties are applicable to all polymers contained in the handbook; some properties may not even be relevant for certain polymer classes. Also, some polymers exhibit properties shown by few others (e.g., electroluminescence); these properties have been noted as
“Properties of Special Interest.” Each entry closes with a list of references for the reader interested in further investigation of a polymer.

While I certainly wouldn’t expect anyone to curl up and read the 1,040 pages in this book from cover to cover, sections of it may be useful to you:  I have used this book for engineering and research projects.  Not all of it will appeal to designers, but there’s enough value here to make posting it worthwhile.  Plus, it’s free and searchable online.  The book  is a 5.65 MB download.  Go to the book here or click the cover above.  It is available from amazon used in the $30 range and new in the $90 range.  (ISBN-13: 978-0195107890; ISBN-10: 0195107896)

The editor, James E. Mark, is a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Cincinnati. He has extensive research and consulting experience in the industry and has served as a Visiting Professor at several institutions. Dr. Mark's research interests pertain to the physical chemistry of polymers, including the elasticity of polymer networks, hybrid organic-inorganic composites, liquid-crystalline polymers, and a variety of computer simulations.

Polymer Data Handbook, 2nd Edition

A second edition was published in 2009.   This new edition includes better values of properties already reported, properties not reported in time for the earlier edition, and entirely new properties becoming important for modern polymer applications. It also contains 217 total polymers, 20 of which are all-new, particularly in high-technology areas.  The new edition is 1264 pages long and retails for $195.  (ISBN-13: 978-0-19-518101-2; ISBN-10: 0-19-518101-8)

Citation

Mark, J. E., ed.(1999). Polymer Data Handbook. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.


Share |
Related Posts with Thumbnails