Author(s): Paola Antonelli
What happens to the craftsman's strife for "truth in materials" when engineers can make plastics as sharp as stone, ceramics as strong as steel, wood that is soft, foam that "remembers" shapes and strong composites as light as feathers? In recent decades scientists have discovered how to rearrange molecules of matter into materials that not only appear different but behave in quite unexpected patterns - materials that mutate to serve specific fuctions, calculated and engineered to achieve a desired performance. In this book, more than 100 objects are illustrated as examples of contemporary design that makes innovative use of mutant materials. The selection is international in scope and includes work from well-known independent designers as well as from corporate design departments. The book comments on the technical aspects of seven categories of materials: plastics, ceramics, glass, rubber and foam, fibres and composites, wood and metals.