Most snooker balls in the 1860s were made of ivory, but this was expensive, unreliable (and cruel). This snooker ball is made of compression moulded Parkesine (cellulose nitrate). Parkesine is the trademark for the first man-made plastic, which was invented… Read »
This snake bangle would be just as at home on a modern wrist. Even the material looks contemporary: cellulose nitrate with glass beads for its eyes. Was A.A.Tomkins the designer, or the owner? Either way they had style.
This compression moulded cocktail shaker used bright plastic made from urea formaldehyde to bring a vibrant dash of colour to any drinks party. A great example of the timeless quality of plastic from a more decadent era.
Even the name of this lamp is evocative of the excitement around early plastics. This Ekco desk lamp, made from compression moulded phenol formaldehyde, has a lead weighted base, with a shade and on/off switch cleverly integrated into the design.
This electric heater is rare and often described as a design classic. Designed by Ralph Ormiston for Sofono, the compression moulded urea formaldehyde handles and dial stay cool even when the heater is on.
Pit your wits against your personal Pocket Simon. Can you keep up the pace as the game speeds up?
These cult zig-zag framed spectacles were designed by Oliver Goldsmith, who made his name designing glasses for John Lennon. These glasses were cut from a red cellulose acetate sheet and decorated with a blue and gold extruded rope effect.
Ross Lovegrove designed this Supernatural chair in 2005 for Moroso in Italy. The chair made from glass reinforced polypropylene was designed to improve comfort. Lovegrove describes his work on this chair as organic essentialism.