Latex foam

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Dining chair
MFA# 2001.655.1


A light, spongy rubber sourced from the rubber tree Hevea Brasiliensis. First produced in 1929, it is made by mechanically whipping air into the rubber latex prior to curing. Foam rubber turns yellow and becomes powdery when exposed to sunlight. Latex foam is known for its elasticity, comfort and breathability.

Synonyms and Related Terms

foamed rubber; foam rubber; caoutchouc mousse (Fr.); schuimrubber (Ned);


  • Mattresses, pillows, cushions
  • Insulation

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Eco-friendly
  • Open-cell foam
  • Weight = 5.5 lb/cft
  • Density = 3-5 gm/ml
  • Lifespan = 15 years

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