Acrylic in design and furniture – third part

acrylic and wood table , Empatia lamp by Artemide, “Atmospheres - Architectural Environments, Politecnico student, artist throne by  Silvia Viganò

acrylic and wood table , Empatia lamp by Artemide, “Atmospheres – Architectural Environments, Politecnico student, artist throne by Silvia Viganò

We met, walking around Milan, the Artemide showroom; they propose Inverted Shadows, a new lamp in three versions: wall, floor and suspension; the clear acrylic body accommodates a very small (16X16mm) linear extruded aluminium element, which contains the LED strips. In the second window instead Empatia is to become the main protagonist: a glas bubble that houses a LED light diffused by a cast acrylic rod.

“Coquette” by Silvia Viganò is a funny and original artist throne, made of transparent acrylic with a backrest that is the face of a woman; at the fair exposure we found a table worthy of note, a table that arises from the combination of transparency and brilliancy of acrylics and the naturalness and warmth of wood.

Finally, particular is the use of acrylic glass that the Politecnico di Milano has done to involve his students in the exhibition “Atmospheres – Architectural Environments” in the occasion of this design week.  To every participant students has been made available a transparent acrylic cube of 25 cm per side, without one face.  The guidelines were simple, it was necessary to communicate within this box or on its faces an environmental atmosphere, without specifying much more; so they could talk about an indoor environment, an imaginary space or an outdoor location, etc. This has allowed the designers to create very different and interesting interpretations of their personal environment.





Acrylic in design and furniture – second part

Kartell chair n.4875 and Louis Ghost chairs, Kartell

Kartell chair n.4875 and Louis Ghost chairs, Kartell

We can also recall the success of Kartell, wich made plastics its workhorse proposing it as a valid alternative to glass for its lightness, resistance and cheapness; today this success is still witnessed by one of the wider stand around the Salone del Mobile fair; in this stand the atmosphere that fills you is that of a past yet modern (first successful pieces are the one of the Seventies) and a modern which sometimes remind us the importance of the past (as the famous chair Louis Ghost, with its baroque shapes). Even today, it is enough to take a ride at the Salone del Mobile fair in Milan, or simply at the Fuori Salone (events and exhibitions that animate the entire city of Milan during the design week), to realize that the plastic in all its forms, including PMMA, it is still the unquestioned leader.



K 2013 International Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber

K 2013, the International Trade Fair for
Plastics and Rubber, is going to take place in Düsseldorf from 16-23 October,
and it will be the undisputed flagship event for plastics again. The focus of
its attention will be not only on optimised standard raw materials, but also on
bio-, advanced and reinforced plastics and the latest developments in the
fields of structural materials and functional polymers for futuristic
applications. To illustrate the many improvements already attributed to plastic
products in every day life and their potential contribution to future
challenges, a special show with the title “Plastics move the world” will
be realized in hall 6. It takes a broad approach to the meaning of the word “to
move”. It includes not merely the direct contributions of plastics to different
areas of mobility, but also emotional aspects generated by art and design, and
their potential for solving future problems such as demographic growth,
increasing energy consumption and climate change.

kappaWe also think you could find interesting the Innovation Compass instrument, available from September: all the innovations
that K 2013 exhibitors want to present. Don’t miss it!



HALL 5; E04

3D printing

3D-printing is a form of additive manufacturing where a 3-dimensional object is created by laying down multiple layers of a material. The printer works taking a 3d file from a computer, it transforms the file in more sections; every small section is printed one above the other, obtaining the object.

3D-printing touches a diverse set of industries, professions and activities and it involves even  the plastics world: most desktop 3D printers call for some type of plastic 3D print material, specifically ABS filament or PLA filament.  ABS is the most ‘established’ filament, having been refined in other industries for decades. Being less sensitive to heat, ABS requires higher extrusion temperatures and a heated bed. This makes it ideal for jobs where temperature needs to be finely tuned. PLA has taken significant ‘material-share’ in recent years; its extrusion-temperature is much lower than ABS, and most often doesn’t require a heated bed.

3D-printing is bursting with innovation,  it has revolutionized the speed, cost and accessibility of prototyping. No longer additive manufacturing is restricted to fortunate  few companies. Now, small firms and institutions, individual engineers and inventors, and even do-it-yourself tinkerers, can bring their concepts or ideas into reality. You can easier realize a prototype or every day objects like sculpture, jewelry, furniture, machine parts, medical casts (dental crowns), recreational goods (snowboards)….


Here you can see two examples: the first  image represents the printing and the second one represents the created object.






The satellite collection

The artist Jenny Odell creates art works out of Google Earth ©. Baseball fields, swimming pools and parking areas are some of her themes. She deals with details of our every-day environment which she cuts out of a satellite view and pastes them in new masterpieces. Jenny Odell looks the world throughout the satellite and makes a connection between the virtual reality and the real life.

She names her works “The Satellite Collection”: It’s a kind of “a top down view” in which she pieces together terrestrial images like a mosaic to express feelings like vulnerability, nostalgia and smallness. In this way, a modern web technology gets a new  aesthetic and becomes art.

The light-cement

The light-cement is a compact cut stone of cement which is produced in blocks. The material is called Litracon (Light Transmitting Concrete). The aesthetics is really unique because of the light-transmissive surface it has. It is possible to see colored scale, colored light and forms too. Since September 2006 is realized a series production with a particular stuff for a new manufacturing process.

The first experiment that would combine cement and transparency was started by Mrs. Sabine Theiskrömer at the university in Germany at the beginning of the nineties.

Facades, stairs, ground floors and casings inspire creative people’s imagination. The purpose is to produce bigger sizes in the future given that light-cement represents the solution for designer, planner and architects in cooperation with substructure executive producers. The light-cement is one of the last discoveries of our time.

Shoes made of acrylic glass

Acrylic glass is one of the greatest discoveries of 20th   century. The applications of this material, like interior decorations, facades, design objects, hand rails or roofs, give a new style to everyday life. The transparency, the brilliancy and the stability of acrylic glass are guaranteed for years.

Acrylic glass has been used by fashion designers, too since 1941. During this period a world competitive fashion show was organized in Frankfurt. Shoes for women with bench made of acrylic glass were presented; they had to indicate a new type of woman. The exclusive design model was thought only for the high society because it represented luxuriousness and elegance. Margarethe Klimt was one of the most famous fashion designers at the time.

Nowadays, stylists like PRADA or FENDI design shoes with acrylic plateau and acrylic bench and complete their exclusive shoes range with elaborated acrylic designs. The new trend is successful and many stylists design a new line of shoes adding acrylic benches in order to valorize the product.