The Fondazione Plart collection consists of more than 1500 pieces, including objects of anonymous design for everyday use, and works by contemporary designers and artists, the result of thirty years’ collecting activity by Maria Pia Incutti, which, since the 1990s, she has exhibited at various locations in Italy and worldwide. It is one of the most important collections of historical plastic artefacts in the world and consists of a curious and refined selection of works of art and design. Bags, jewellery, lamps, utensils, vases, toys, radios, electronic equipment, made between the mid-nineteenth century and the 1960s, of bois durci, celluloid, acrylic and phenolic resin, and old bakelite, moving on to polyethylene, PVC, and ABS, are exhibited in a Corian and plexiglass showcase. The twin track approach of combining everyday use with a unique object is testified to by prototypes from the Gufram company of Turin, made between the late 1960s and the early 1970s: Capitello, the armchair in the shape of an inclined column capital designed by Studio 65; Cactus, the cactus-shaped coat stand by Guido Drocco and Franco Mello; Tavolo-erba, the only example of the grass-table and Incastro the sculpture-seat in two parts, both by Mello; Pratone, the armchair made of giant blades of grass by Giorgio Ceretti, Pietro Derossi and Riccardo Rosso, and the Farfalla butterfly chair and the Pavè Piuma mat by Pietro Gilardi, all made of polyurethane. These objects embody a unique encounter between signature design and Pop Art. The historical collection also includes works by Lucio Fontana, Enrico Baj, Tony Cragg, Haim Steinbach, combined with the famous chairs by Verner Panton, Peter Ghyczy, Eero Arnio, Ugo La Pietra, Michele De Lucchi, Gaetano Pesce, and new and recent acquisitions designed by: Tom Dixon, Amanda Levete, Sonia Biacchi, Wanda Romano, Formafantasma, Mischer’Traxler, Sander Bokkinga, Fabio Novembre, Felix Policastro, Sergio Fermariello, Riccardo Dalisi, and others. Since April 2011 the Fondazione Plart has expanded and opened a new section called ‘Alchemic Plastics’, interactive and multimedia installations that testify to the evolution of the complex and fascinating family of polymers from petroleum-based plastics to eco-sustainable plastics made from biomass sources. The alchemy story starts with the revelation of synthetic polymers and concludes by enveloping the visitor in a field of sunflowers, which urge respect for nature. The Fondazione Plart supplements these activities with research aimed at the recovery, conservation and restoration of works of art and design made of plastic. Its spaces house a workshop equipped with high- technology instruments for the characterisation of polymeric materials. Moreover, the Fondazione is particularly active in the fields of training and teaching, organising meetings, guided tours and creative/play workshops based on an approach to polymers that is respectful of the environment. Alongside the permanent collection, the Fondazione Plart organises important exhibitions, whose leitmotiv is the relationships that art and design have with the world of designer plastics.