Allsteel/Wilsonart CEU Event, Manmade Natural, in Washington, DC Apr. 28

Allsteel-Wilsonart CEU event - Washington DC

Please join us for the Manmade Natural Seminar with materials historian Grace Jeffers

The truth about fake materials or how fake can save the world.

Design today embraces the principal of “truth to materials” and considers man made materials an aberration but is this accurate? Is it useful? Back in the 1880s the African elephant was nearing extinction because its ivory was used for various means, such as billiard balls, combs and toothbrush handles. The British billiards industry offered a $10,000 reward for the invention of a man-made material as a substitution for the genuine ivory used for billiard balls and modern plastics were born.

Today engineered materials can come to the rescue again, to help preserve the world’s teak, mahogany, and other diminishing natural resources. For that to happen we need a new way to look at the real and man-made. Now, synthetic is sneered at as impure and unaesthetic while the natural is adored as beautiful and genuine. Nowadays, the truth is far more complex. Come hear this lecture and walk away with a different view of the material world.

0.1 IDCEC EU and AIA LU 1.0 will be provided for this course

Sponsored by: Wilsonart & Allsteel

Thursday, April 28
Allsteel Resource Center
1725 I Street, NW Suite 550
Washington, DC 20006
5:00-7:30 PM

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