Inflatable items are primarily the result of a technique. They are made of PVC, a supple and transparent material which was developed in 1926. However, it only became a marketable commodity with the arrival of high-frequency electric welding in the early 1960s. There is also a socially-orientated aspect to the use of inflatable products. Inventive and anticonformist, they embody a notion of freedom.
More generally, they also reflect the ideals of he May ’68 generation, who sought to restore and revive a sense of playfulness, the unexpected, spontaneity, emotion and surprise. In terms of design and form, the right angle was rowned upon as a constraining element, an approach to style associated with reactionary influences. The curve, in contrast, was endowed with all the qualities that suggested freedom. Quasar conceived his totally inflatable environment within the spirit of this trend. It included walls, chairs, tables and even lamps, which functioned by means of an aeration system and low-voltage light bulbs.
NGUYEN MANH KHANH [b.1934], known as Quasar, made his first transparent PVC seat for his car. He then reated a pouffe that could be transformed into an armchair, as well as a set of lamps. PVC, a muchbeloved material during the Pop Art period, enabled Quasar to breathe fresh life into interior decors, as with his Aerospace series. As its name suggests, he was inspired by science fiction.