A project at the Milan furniture fair
Lights, Irons and Wash Basins
Designers at designfabrik and application developers at BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany, started a project at the beginning of 2009 with lecturers and students of the product design group of the renowned Royal College of Art in London, UK. The fruits were to be seen at the Milan furniture fair. The task was to develop household products from BASF’s versatile range of plastics. They started out from Ultradur B4300 M12, a high thermally conductive mineral-reinforced PBT with attractive tactile properties. Another material used was Ultradur B4300 G6, which is particularly tough and dimensionally stable.
BASF familiarized the students with the polymer, since adequate knowledge of the material is essential for novel, designer applications. Taking into account optical, tactile and function properties, and the manufacturing process, the students developed ideas for innovative products and realized them as prototypes. Industrial designers can acquire the necessary knowledge by working with the plastics experts at the BASF Designfabrik in Ludwigshafen.
The result was a variety of ideas, such as ergonomic, quality-styled plastic multi-use flatware, an attractive light fixture that is adjustable via pneumatic springs and has an original approach to dissipating heat, and a sturdy, functional hand wash basin, that can be used in public washrooms. Other draft designs included a cordless electroplated plastic iron, which works by induction, an elegant customizable window-frame system, and a modular, color-coded cable and plug system for home and office use. Each individual design project exploits one or more of the versatile properties of Ultradur, highlighting the versatility of BASF’s engineering plastic.
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