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Ace of Acrylic: Charles Hollis Jones

Summer 2006

Plastic “is in essence the stuff of alchemy… more than a substance, plastic is the very idea of its infinite transformation,” wrote French philosopher and semiotician Roland Barthes in his 1957 essay “Plastic.” The American designer Charles Hollis Jones has been practicing his particular alchemy for more than 45 years, developing a craftsman's understanding of acrylic that few can match. With his innovative forms and manufacturing processes, Jones has transformed a material once seen as a novelty into something luxurious. Not everybody approaches acrylic with Jones's sensitivity, though. And, “the uneducated use of acrylic,” says Jones, now 61 years old and still designing, “is a disaster.”



Charles Hollis Jones

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