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Design and Icons

Plastic objects, whether they are recent or firmly-established cult objects, have revolutionised the world of design, changed habits and left their mark on our daily lives for several generations

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The first plastic. It all started with a billiard ball

The history of the billiard ball is closely linked to that of celluloid, which is considered to be history’s first artificial polymer. Celluloid’s origins date back to the American Civil War (1861-18...

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The first plastic. It all started with a billiard ball

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