Plastic was invented in the 1930s and was developed in every industry sector from then on. But it is during the 60s we really think of its ‘arrival’ for the mass market. In a decade renowned for its emphasis on style and fashion, the fact that plastics had become highly developed was a huge advantage. Home décor benefited, and eccentric designer furniture such as inflatable chairs and acrylic lights became “must haves” for fashion-conscious consumers.
Well all that’s about to change. Step forward the design legend and acrylic Jedi that is Philippe Starke (yes, he of Ghost chair fame). The French originator waded into the mix with his range for Kartell which is absolutely enfant-friendly. The swings (which are constructed from acrylic with contrasting ropes) are available in a glorious array of colours blurring the line between furniture and art. C’est trop fantastique non?
A company that keep grabbing my attention recently are the London-based Baker Street Boys. Aside from some really cool product design ( their jigsaw-style Connect serving boards are most covetable) their mash-ups of materials are really exciting. Most notably this little beaut in wood and perspex. What is not to like? Its scandi-inspired cool of the future. A contemporary step on from the natural and rustic though, and for me, embraces the best of both worlds. Check them out.
Witness the genius of their wheeled drinks trolley /unit. I love a brass bar cart as much as the next interiors nut, but I wouldn’t say no to one of these. Possessing all the glam of an art deco piece and, accessorised with some urban jungle-friendly cacti and a copper vase or candleabra, would definitely be worthy of any modern living or drawing room.