One of the things I *think* I have learned about both interior and exterior design over the years, is that major shifts in visible consumer trends are often, or even usually, connected to advances in technology. For example, the tsunami of steel kitchen cabinets across America came after the industrial build up during WWII. Afterward, all that steel needed to go somewhere. It is all very fascinating to me to understand the “why” in why something was popular… so, I was very interested to hear from new reader Laura, who pointed me to a good article about the history of laminated surfaces. Why did everyone (pretty much) in the 1950s have a Formica, or Consoweld, or Textolite countertop? Why is laminate textured and metalized today? Read on…
Hi, Pam! Just stumbled upon your site tonight (not using the Stumble Upon app, though) and love what you’re doing. I am in a strange position of having a kitchen similar to Betty Draper’s (except with honey oak cabinets and a linen-looking beige countertop without nails in my aluminum edging) AND being a writer for Surface & Panel magazine. This allows me to live the American dream in my 1953 ranch with a great husband and two toddlers while poring over story assignments about the latest and greatest in surface design … all from my mid-century eat-in kitchen. I work from home. Anyway, I want to pass along a resource from S&P that might interest some of “materialista” readership.
Thank you for the tip, Laura.
Readers, click over hear to read all about polymers and melamine and thermosets and thermoplastics… you’ll feel so smart after!: The evolution of laminate, melamine and other modern plastics for the home