Plastics gets a design showcase in the book Plastic Dreams: Synthetic Visions in Design, with authors Peter and Charlotte Fiell highlighting the use of plastics from Bakelite products in the 1920s to fashion icons on the market today.
The pair has written several other design books, focusing on furniture, housewares, graphic and Scandinavian design. With Plastic Dreams, published in June from their own newly opened publishing company Fiell Publishing Ltd. of London they said they wanted to track the range of products while, highlighting the extraordinary form-giving potential of these wondrous materials.
The 120 products featured note the material used, the process and details about their development.
The one-piece Ericofon telephone, for example, was first developed in 1954 for institutional uses, including hospital patient rooms, the book notes. Two years later, the company expanded sales to the individual market and in 1960 opened sales to the U.S.
Other featured items include radios, the 1998 iMac and the cantilevered Myto chair developed by Konstantine Grcic in 2006 and molded in a single piece.