Formica Forever

Miller, Abbott/Adamson, Mark

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For­mi­ca® is 100 years old! To cele­bra­te this cen­ten­ni­al, For­mi­ca Cor­po­ra­ti­on has published For­mi­ca Fore­ver.

The book takes us on a lively, infor­ma­ti­on-packed walk through the life of this much-loved mate­ri­al: from its hum­ble begin­nings as elec­tri­cal insu­la­ti­on; to its initi­al adop­ti­on by desi­gners inclu­ding Donald Des­key in the 1930s; to a gol­den age ushe­red in by the post–World War II hou­sing boom; through glo­bal expan­si­on in the second half of the twen­tieth cen­tu­ry; to the laminate’s inven­ti­ve uses by desi­gners, artists and archi­tects such as Jas­per Mor­r­i­son, Dani­el Buren, Frank Gehry, Laurin­da Spe­ar and Zaha Hadid; through to the pre­sent, which finds the For­mi­ca Group working with young desi­gners to push the limits of this pionee­ring material.

The book’s desi­gner, Abbott Mil­ler, has brought toge­ther an exu­berant array of archi­val illus­tra­ti­ons of ori­gi­nal pro­duct sam­ples, adver­ti­se­ments and other ephe­me­ra. The­se are ancho­red by three essays by Phil Pat­ton on the histo­ry of For­mi­ca Cor­po­ra­ti­on; by Alex­an­dra Lan­ge on For­mi­ca Mate­ri­als and the design world; and by Peter York on the “wipe-clean world” made pos­si­ble by For­mi­ca laminates.

Also inclu­ded are an illus­tra­ted chro­no­lo­gy and “100 Years of Color and Pat­tern,” a 128-page For­mi­ca-by-color sequence, mode­led after a 1960s For­mi­ca swatch book and punc­tua­ted by excerpts from litera­ry works by lumi­na­ries such as John Updi­ke, Janet Eva­no­vich, Jhum­pa Lahi­ri and Ian Fle­ming that refer to For­mi­ca materials.

EAN

9781938922152

ISBN

978-1-938922-15-2

Autor

Seitenzahl

407

Beschreibung

Englisch

Erscheinungsjahr

Größe

16,5 x 23,9 cm

Verlag

Einbandart

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