New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1995. 1st Edition. Folio, publisher's gray boards stamped in black, multicolor resin overflaps attached at spine with binder's tape as issued, yellow endpapers.
Monograph on late 20th-century commercial and industrial design materials, with a focus on the processes by which substances such as wood, glass, ceramics, plastic, fibers, rubber and metal are engineered and manipulated for utilitarian and aesthetic purposes. "Plastics can be clear as glass, as sharp-edged as stone, and as metallic as aluminum... Aluminum can look like quicksilver; wood can look like plastic. Scientists have discovered how to rearrange the molecules of matter into materials that not only appear different from those of the past but also have personalities and behaviors that are distinctly new" (from the introduction by MoMA associate curator Antonelli). Illustrated throughout with color and black-and-white photos showcasing the work of dozens of international designers and manufacturers. Published in conjunction with a MoMA exhibition of the same name (May 25 - August 27, 1995). Published simultaneously in paperback and hardcover, with this issue, featuring multicolor resin overflaps unique to each copy, being the scarcest. Lacking fragile glassine dust jacket. Top corner of upper board lightly banged and minor fraying to head of spine, else fine. Item #1458