Large hardcover book. WRAP. Bracelets, chairs, buildings, even Rolls Royces-aluminum has inspired a dazzling array of innovative objects since it first appeared in the 19th century, when its rarity made it as prized as gold. This substantive history is illustrated with nearly 400 photographs of aircraft, furniture, sports cars, appliances, sculpture, dinnerware, and a small casket that contains the first globules of pure aluminum Charles Martin Hall produced by electrolysis in 1886. It shows and explains in detail how aluminum's essential qualities of brilliance, strength, light weight, resistance to corrosion, and ease of recycling have made it not only ubiquitous in daily life but also irresistible to some of the world's most visionary artists, designers, architects, and engineers. Among the illustrations are works by Rene Lalique, Philippe Starck, Buckminster Fuller, and Charles Christofle.