orange kitchen countertop laminateThe new crop of laminates suitable for mid-century kitchen countertops continues. Reader Jon gets snaps for spotting this new “Motion” series of laminate from Pionite. Jon writes:

Hi Pam,

First, I love the site. I’ve been reading it since December when I purchased my teeny tiny 1946 house (originally a summer home) on the shore in NJ. Anyway, I was looking around for laminates for my upcoming kitchen redo, and I came across 9 great linen looking laminates from Pionite. Alas, no red, but still some very nice colors. I ordered samples of all of them from Pionite’s website, and they look even better in person!

The colors on their site are not always a good representation of the true color… I urge your to order some samples for yourself (samples not available in gloss, but it’s offered if you buy a sheet).

– Jon

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Thank you, Jon. I agree — these offer some great new choices for our kitchen countertop arsenal. I called Pionite right away after receiving your note, and they sent me large samples sizes. I, too, really like the scratchy linen-like look … their sales & marketing manager mentioned “scratched metal” — I think this one is where industrial meets mid-mod.  Ahem, many of the colors are on the drab side — consistent with the seige of the Greige Nation currently under way across our great nation — as a defensive volley, I did forewarn the kind Pionite folks that I am going to make fun of their “Graveyard of the Atlantic” color. Click here for the rant.

That said, I quite adore the orange — that’s my favorite color of all time and my 2011 Retro Renovation Color of the Year. The white is nice, and the blues are pretty cool. I’m thinkin’: Mid century modern kitchens more so than perky mid century modests….



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