The Plastic Age at V&A Dundee

Eero Aarnio, 'Ball Chair', 1963
Eero Aarnio, 'Ball Chair', 1963

Plastic: Remaking Our World

From: 29 Oct 2022

To: 5 Feb 2023

V&A Dundee
1 Riverside Esplanade
Dundee & Angus

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Plastic: Remaking Our World at V&A Dundee explores how that material has shaped our daily lives like no other, from packaging to footwear, household goods to furniture, cars to architecture. A symbol of carefree consumerism and revolutionary innovation, plastic has spurred the imagination of designers for decades. Today, the dramatic consequences of the plastic boom have become obvious, and it has lost its utopian appeal.

This exhibition examines the history and future of this controversial material from its early origins, when it was intended as a sustainable alternative to natural resources, to its meteoric rise in the 20th century. Exhibits include rarities from the dawn of the plastic age and objects from the Pop era, including fashion, architecture and furniture, through to contemporary designs. Efforts to clean up rivers and oceans are also examined, such as the use of bioplastics made from algae and mycelium.

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