Innovative Applications

Remembering the 1970s Polyurethane Homes of the Future

Beginning in the late 1960s and lasting into the 1980s, a small group of visionary architects got tired of making houses and rooms that were so – ahem – square. Instead, these daring designers decided to go circular, dreaming up rooms with no corners, and houses, consisting of little more than a series of connected domes.

The Right Building Material

In building their dream dwellings, these intrepid designers turned to polyurethane to bring their designs to life. As a medium, polyurethane foam allowed them to achieve lines and curves in the building process not previously thought possible. The end result...

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Polyurethane Helps Usher in a New Era of Outdoor Art

Among high-net-worth art aficionados, a new trend is emerging that has masterpieces being created exclusively for life alfresco. Outdoor artwork often consists of grand-scale sculptures and installations that play with the landscape and elements like scenery, color and background.

In creating these commissioned pieces, artists are faced with a unique challenge. Their work must not only be creatively intriguing, it must also be able to withstand inclement weather, freezing or scorching temperatures and even pollution with little service and upkeep required.

While the construction of some pieces uses more traditional elements like steel, aluminum or brass, others are far more...

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Chameleon Paint Changes Color

Why paint your walls just one color when you can have an iridescent surface that changes color throughout the day or as you move about the room? Using the same mica powder that cosmetics companies use in eyeshadow, New York artisan Jonathan Kutzin has created a unique wall coating for homes and businesses.

The mica powder is mixed with clear polyurethane and then brushed onto a wall that has been prepared with white paint. Multiple colors can be applied to get the desired effect — from silver/green to a deep coral. The result is a shimmery coating that seemingly changes...

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Polyurethane Foam Transform Fabrics into Functional Works of Art

Industrial designer Idan Moskona experiments with materials including polyurethane, different textiles and wood to create sturdy and unique inflated furniture. As part of his project, Moskona injected polyurethane into an array of different fabrics, some loosely woven, and some tightly woven.

Playing with dyes, dimensions, and saturation, Moskona was able to create a wide variety of designs that look like a kind of free-form sculpture. For the bench shown above, a spandex fiber fabric was first set into a beech wood frame. Then, the polyurethane was pumped in and allowed to expand. The final result is functional, comfortable and...

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Happy International Museum Day

There is no better way to celebrate Museum Day than to take a trip to a nearby museum.

Did you know polyurethane is also a supporter of the arts? Literally. Many museums utilize polyurethane in mounting textiles. Polyurethane is commonly used to protect textiles from potential damage caused by a frame’s wood acids.

Next time you’re strolling in your favorite museum, remember that the unique physical properties of polyurethane make it a “go to” material for builders, designers, engineers, architects and artists who need museums and works of art to last for long periods of time.

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National Craft Month

Do you have any DIY projects in the works or hobbies you’ve always wanted to explore? Now is the perfect time – March is National Craft Month! Many people take up arts and crafts because DIY projects are usually budget-friendly, but you may also find that learning a new skill can be fun and fulfilling.

One of the best parts about arts and crafts is seeing all the pieces come together. Did you know that polyurethane-based adhesives and sealants can help contribute new solutions for the assembly and sealing of various products? Not only that, but these adhesives and sealants...

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Let Polyurethane Paint You a Picture

Need to cool down, but bored of spending the entire day inside your home? Enjoy an outing to a museum! There are more than 35,000 museums waiting to be explored in the United States. Not only can you find great tours, artwork, and history but also chemistry’s favorite versatile material: polyurethane!

For example, the George Washington University Museum in Washington, D.C., uses polyurethane in mounting textiles. Textiles such as quilts, carpets, and tapestries are usually mounted with simple polyurethane fasteners. However, certain larger items require something a little stronger.  The polyurethane varnish also prevents any possible textile...

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National Puzzle Day

What better way to spend time with your family than to have endless fun piecing together your favorite puzzle! 

But when the fun is done, what do you do with your puzzle?  Maybe you could leave it in the middle of your living room  floor or take all of your hard work apart piece by piece.  Or maybe you should use polyurethane to preserve that hours of memories you can just made with your family!

Polyurethane is the perfect protective coating that smoothly glazes over your perfectly pieced puzzle.  It goes on clear and never yellows so your family memories...

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The Alessi Grow Watch

The Alessi Grow watch design by Shiro Studio uses molded polyurethane to evoke muscle fibers.

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The Soft Light

The Soft Light created by German designer Simon Frambach from polyurethane can be squished into any shape that makes you comfortable.

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