EW Staff
May 14, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Plastics Age: From Bakelite to Beanbags and Beyond could easily have been a staid history of plastic — from the ladies’ combs of the late 19th century to the vivid Formica countertops of the ’50s to Philippe Starck’s beautifully sculpted armchairs of the ’80s — but it is enlivened by crisp text and wonderful photos. A

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