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Why plastics?


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Date: 18 March - 2 September 2022
Time: 8.30-21.00 (weekdays), 09.00-16.00 (weekends)
Museum of Design in Plastics, AUB campus

The material of which an object is made has a profound effect on its perceived worth. This is because we inhabit a world full of materials and we, as individuals, place them in a spectrum of value. Often plastics are at the lower end of our personal spectra where we might hold more ‘noble’ materials, including precious metals, ceramics, and glass, higher up. As such, the use of plastics in certain applications is controversial. This includes their use in high-end products, or short-lived applications.

The MoDiP collection has recently been Designated by Arts Council England as being of national significance. The collection is important because, by looking at plastics alone, by focusing on the material group without the noise or interference of other materials, it enables us, and you, to examine the capabilities of plastics in design. To this end, Why plastics? explores the properties and applications of plastics and considers why designers and manufacturers choose to use them in their products.

Something to think about

If you liked this post you might be interested in AUB’s Museum of Design in Plastics features in The Guardian

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