The World of Tomorrow

Various uses for aluminium impacts illustrated in Design Forecast, 1959

These vases were created for Alcoa's 1959 Design Forecast program using the impact process, which showcased the new design possibilities of aluminum using various metalworking methods. The project featured works by well-known designers including Charles Eames, Paul McCobb, Eliot Noyes, Florence Knoll, Alexander Girard and Isamu Noguchi. Alcoa, one of the largest producers of aluminum in the world, was an early adopter of incorporating the emerging modernist aesthetic into widely produced designs and marketing them as visions of the future of design and living.

Stop-motion view of the creation of an aluminum impact in Design Forecast, 1959

There’s a world of aluminum in the wonderful world of tomorrow.

Design Forecast, 1959