1960s laminate: A short history from Wilsonart

More today from the Wilsonart laminate history archives. In the 60s, laminate colors got, at one end of the spectrum richer and earthier – and at the other end, pop-art bold.  Some of the defining trends from the period, this article says:

  • Color TV was introduced in 1965, bringing us closer in touch with design inspiration from other cultures.
  • The Mediterranean look – more specifically, Spanish Colonial — gave us both colors and textures like faux leather. “Corinthian leather!”
  • The op-art, pop-art world was a-flutter. Hence, the iconic oranges, yellows and lime greens of the period.
  • We loved faux everything. The future is Plastics.
  • Oh yeah: Squint and you can see avocado green and harvest gold… two colors that stayed with us well into the 70s.


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