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When designer furniture fails the test of time

A chair from a suite of furniture made with thermoplastic polyester in 2007 by Jerszy Seymour.

New York

ONE famous designer chair is oozing goop. Another has exploded into puffs of foam. A bookcase's shelves bubbled as gases formed within.

The culprits? Plastic. And time.

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