ABS was a new breed of plastics

Lego - ABS featured image
Lego – ABS featured image

ABS (acrylontrile‐butadiene‐styrene) was one of a slew of modern plastics that appeared in the aftermath of World War II. ABS sheets may be injection moulded, blow moulded, thermoformed, or vacuum-formed to create solid content. It can be made in a wide range of colours and is commonly found in the casings of a wide range of household items, from hair dryers to vacuum cleaners and from telephones to toys like Lego. Many exciting design solutions for ABS furniture have been developed by companies such as Kartell and Cassina since the 1960s.


Woodham, J. (2004). ABS. In A Dictionary of Modern Design. : Oxford University Press. Retrieved 6 Mar. 2021, from https://www-oxfordreference-com.ezproxy.csu.edu.au/view/10.1093/acref/9780192800978.001.0001/acref-9780192800978-e-6.

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