‘Maori’ Coffee Pot

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‘Maori’ coffee pot in Meakin’s staple shape ‘Studio’, designed by Tom Arnold in 1964. Perhaps reflecting a taste for the exotic that was typical of the 60s, his particular example is a stylised interpretation of the traditional colour palette and patterns of traditional Maori designs. Continue reading

Johnson Bros Tureen

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Vegetable tureen produced ca. 1960 by Johnson Bros. The shape is reminiscent to Meakin, the pattern contemporary brown retro print design.

Johnson Brothers were set up by the break away grandsons from the Meakin dynasty in 1882. In 1968 they joined Wedgwood.

Unearthed at a car boot sale in East London for £4

Melaware

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In the 1950s and early 1960s it seemed that melamine tableware might replace traditional ceramics in the dining room, as well as for picnics. These plastic imposters were made from melamine formaldehyde. It was tough, the manufacturers claimed, almost unbreakable. This bright and colourful number is made by Melaware probably 60s or 70s.

Bargain: Camden Market for £5