The materials of CONTAINER #1: Hot&Cold: acrylic


The acrylic sheet used in John WIllshire’s So Hot Right Now is Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), more commonly known in the UK as the brand name Perspex. Developed in the 1930’s initially as a safer alternative to glass and first used in canopies and windshields in WW2 airplanes, it is still used as a glass substitute where large areas of rigidity and transparency are required, but also extensively in the medicine (e.g. contact lenses) since it’s compatible with the human body.

It is also commonly available in an extensive range of standard colours—more than any other plastic—and in small objects, because the colour is translucent and emitted from the entire thickness of the material, it feels rich and luxurious.