Material Focus: plastic

Synthetic plastic was invented in the early twentieth century. The formula was honed and perfected through advancements in chemical technology stemming from World War I, allowing for mass production by the 1940s. Designers were drawn to this medium for both its novelty and practicality. It proved an ideal material for children's pieces: sturdy, easy to clean, very durable, lightweight, and brightly colored.  Check out some of our favorite pieces, including kinder MODERN's own Duk Rocker and Ozoo Mini Desk:

Image by Lora Appleton

Image by Lora Appleton

Duk Rocker, France, 1960's, orange plastic

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Marco Zanuso & Richard Sapper, Child's Chairs Model No. 4999, Italy, 1964, polyethylene

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Image from moma.org

Luigi Colani, Zocker Chair, Germany, 1972, polyethylene

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Image from moma.org

Verner Panton, Stacking Side Chair, Denmark, 1959-60, fiber-reinforced plastic and synthetic polymer paint

Image by Lora Appleton

Image by Lora Appleton

Marc Berthier, Ozoo Minidesk, France, 1970, green polyester reinforced with fiberglass