Design: Pop Goes the Plastic

There is hardly a mod shop from San Francisco and New York City to London and Paris that does not have its supply of see-through inflatable vinyl pillows decorated with boldly colored patterns silk-screened on the inside. When they first appeared a year ago, pillows seemed like just another passing pop phenomenon. Instead, they have proved to be the precursor of a new school of design that believes furniture ought to be, or at least look, invisible. Using vinyls and plastics, young American and European designers are now mass-producing chairs, sofas and tables...

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