I love the look, the feel, the colors and designs of melmac (or melamine) dishware. I found these cups in a plastic bag at Savers many years ago for $2.99, without the saucers. But they sure come in handy when I need little containers while crafting. Don't you just love little containers?!
Well yesterday after my Tuesday morning Bible Study, I found a Boonton sugar bowl! Oh my gosh, seriously looks & feels like porcelain. And for a mere 50 cents at my favorite little thrift store in Phoenix. Someday I will find the creamer. I just know it!
I'm actually quite obsessed with the designer of Boonton melmac ware from the 40's- Belle Kogan. She is one of the most fascinating women I've ever read about. Click her name and be inspired.
Belle Kogan (1902-2000) was a Russian born industrial designer and is regarded as the first prominent female in the profession in the United States as well as one of the founders of the profession itself.
She not only designed for Boonton but also for Bakelite Corp., Red Wing Pottery, Libbey Glass and lots more.
She was even asked to design a line of ZIPPO lighters in 1938. They are considered to be extremely rare. You can check them out HERE.