Formica Forever - Formica Corporation

Formica Forever by the Formica Corporation 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.

Book Title: 

Formica Forever

Author: 

Lange, Alexandra; Patton, Phil and York, Peter

Publisher: 

Distributed Art Publishers

Edition: 

First

Year Published: 

2013

Binding: 

Soft cover

ISBN: 

9781938922152

Pages: 

408

Condition: 

Remaindered, fine

Dimensions: 

23.9 × 16.5 × 3 cm

Book Weight: 

0.975 kg

Publisher's Price: 

R626.00

Price: 

ZAR195.00 

In Stock: 

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Front cover of Formica Forever by the Formica Corporation
Back cover of Formica Forever by the Formica Corporation