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Formica Laminate Design

Formica® Laminate Design PHS member Sylvia Katz on Formica decorative laminates Figure 1.Main bar rotunda, Queen Mary ocean liner, Cunard White Star, 1936 Streamlined Art Deco interior created with glass, chrome and large amounts of [...]

Beastly Designs

Beastly Designs Pam Langdown Collections Manager at the Museum of Design in Plastics describes their current exhibition’s unusual take on plastics.   Beastly Designs is the new exhibition at the Museum of Design in Plastics [...]

Horn an Everyday Plastic

Horn an Everyday Plastic David Oxley, Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Horners, reports on last summer’s exhibition at the Frederick Parker Gal­lery, London Metropolitan University. The Worshipful Company of Horners have an unrivalled [...]

Brantham Xylonite – A Living History

Brantham Xylonite – A Living History By Carolyn Clark and Dawn Purves   Figure 1. Despite poor quality, this image shows a reproduction of an original photo of the Brantham site in 1892. It states [...]

British Restaurant Tokens

British Restaurant Tokens Philip Mernick describes a more unusual use of plastics during wartime Figure 1. 32 mm, circular, hole in centre, possibly cellulose acetate. Maker unknown. Obverse BRITISH RESTAURANT British Restaurants were created from [...]


Victrex John Whitehead looks at how Victrex is successfully keeping ICI’s heritage in polymer development alive in the North West of England Figure 1. The Victrex site near Blackpool, which supplies the global market for [...]

Design Focus: The Bourn-Vita Sleeping Beaker

Design Focus: The Bourn-Vita Sleeping Beaker Steve Akhurst and Carolyn Clark focus on one item which has become an icon in the burgeoning world of vintage It is easy to take for granted the design [...]

Experiences with Plastics 1958-1978

Experiences with Plastics 1958-1978 PHS member Ralph Kay presents the final article in his series on working through exciting times in the plastics industry Figure 1. Sketch of Formica International Research Centre   A previous [...]

Plastics and Carnival

Plastics and Carnival Jim Ives gives an insider’s view of the making of carnival costumes Figure 1. Headpiece used as display showing use of foam and sequin As the grey summer progresses, it’s time to [...]

The Story of EKCO Plastics

The Story of EKCO Plastics Ken Crowe, Curator of Human History at Southend Museums Service gives us a fascinating insight into the history and development of EKCO Plastics Figure 1. Moulding presses at the EKCO [...]


LAMINATED ACRYLIC SCULPTURES To start the series of articles about plastics and art, we invited an artist who has been creating stunning acrylic sculptures since 1967 to contribute. Vasa makes the most of acrylic’s properties [...]