Rubber and Elastomers

Wallace Carothers and a team at DuPont, building on work begun in Germany earlier in the twentieth century, developed synthetic rubber in 1930, though natural rubber was har­vested in Peru many centuries earlier. Synthetic rubber is called neoprene, a substance more resistant to oil, gasoline, and ozone than natural rubber. It is also used as an adhesive and as a sealant in industrial uses. Neoprene can be purchased as a soft foam (neoprene 10-20) as well as a hard synthetic rubber (neoprene 60-70).

Rubber and Elastomers

Figure 7.51 Teneride, designed by Mario Bellini (1970), manufac­tured by Cassina. Photography by Jim Postell, 2011.


Rubber and Elastomers

Figure 7.52 LCP Chaise (Low Chair Plastic), designed by Maarten Van Severen (2000), manufactured by Kartell. 19 inches wide; 31% inches deep; 27% inches high; 12 inches seat height. Photography copyright © William A. Yokel, 2005.


Figure 7.54 Stacked MYTO chairs, designed by Konstantin Grcic (2007), are made Figure 7.53 Bad-Tempered chair, designed by Ron Arad (2002), from BASF Ultradur (a high-speed plastic), manufactured by Plank Collezioni Srl.,

manufactured by Kartell. Photography by Jim Postell, 2006. Italy. Photography by Jim Postell, 2011.


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Rubber in furniture is generally reserved for wheels, bumpers, and mats. Natural rubber is an excellent, inexpensive, general-purpose elasto­mer. Some furnishings employ elastomers and rubber as an integrative and substantial material (Figure 7.55).