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Wilsonart reissues two vintage laminate designs from the 1960s and 1970s — Daisy and Compre — 12 colors

retro laminate patternBig news for retro laminate lovers — Wilsonart has revived two historic patterns from their archives: Compre from the 1960s — and Daisy from the 1970s. These designs come in 12 colorways, including several in original 60s and 70s hues. These retro revival laminate patterns are part of Wilsonart’s enlarged Virtual Design Library, which now contains some 150 unique designs produced via high-resolution digitally printing (vs. made with deco paper) available by special order. Use them for your retro kitchen countertop, bathroom countertop — or even, furniture!

retro laminate patternsDisclosure: Earlier this year I met with Wilsonart to discuss vintage laminates and laminates available today for midcentury style kitchens and bathrooms and ways we might be able to work together to get more vintage-style designs and colorways back on the market. While I was not involved specifically in the rollout of these designs shown today, I saw the original document prints, provided a few suggestions, and encouraged this effort. I continue to work with Wilsonart in this area and if any collaborative projects result, will disclose the blog’s involvement.

Daisy laminate by Wilsonart — reproduction of a 1970s pattern

“Daisy is a design right out of our 1970’s archives. Popular in the early days of laminate, this smallscale graphic design has a random pattern of asterisks scattered on a white background,” Wilsonart says on their website. We sure like the look of this one, and can’t wait until we see the samples on their way to us.

We asked Natalia Smith, design manager at Wilsonart, about the colorways chosen — are they authentic, based on the original designs? She told us via email:

Envy Daisy, Apricot Glow Daisy, and Autumn Lights Daisy are very, very close to the chips in our archives. Tropical Daisy, Field Daisy, and Wintergreen Daisy were inspired by the colors of the 1960’s and 70’s. I actually did a search on Pinterest for fashion of the 60’s and 70’s and some really fun things popped up. Field Daisy was inspired by a crochet dress pattern from the 60’s! Of course, we needed the Ice Daisy to satisfy the group who love black and white. It’s actually interesting to see it in grey scale; it takes on more of the asterisk look than a daisy.

The scale of the pattern — the daisies and the way they are sprinkled about — are also close to the original.

Hey: Click on any of these photos — and they will enlarge on screen, so that you can see more of the detail.

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Envy Daisy — pattern of lime, olive and pine asterisks scattered on a white background. Color: Very close to the original design.

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Apricot Glow Daisy — pattern of tan, coral, and brick asterisks scattered on a white background. Color: Very close to the original design.

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Autumn Lights Daisy — pattern of yellow, orange, and brown asterisks scattered on a white background. Color: Very close to the original design.

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Tropical Daisy — pattern of pink, orange and purple asterisks scattered on a white background.

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Field Daisy — pattern of yellow, blue, and green asterisks scattered on a white background.

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Ice Daisy — pattern of silver, taupe and battleship grey asterisks scattered on a white background.

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Wintergreen Daisy — pattern of mint green, aqua blue, and pewter scattered on a white background.

Compre laminate by Wilsonart — reproduction of a 1960s pattern

“Compre are designs right out of our 1960’s archives,” Wilsonart said, “It is a medium-scale retro pattern featuring abstract botanical designs of stylized trees on select backgrounds.”

Regarding the colorways, Smith told us,

In regards to the Compre design, from what we can tell, the design was on an overlay and paired with our solid colors of the time. Think Gold Lame or Glitter. Glitter was an overlay paired with solid color papers. Our Compre designs today are printed which allowed us to get as close as possible to original colors, but not exact. It is very difficult to match a printed color to a solid color paper that is made from a color slurry.

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Pink Compre — with a pale pink background.

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Cadet Compre — a pale blue-grey background.

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White Compre — a white background.

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Yellow Compre — a yellow background.

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Mint Compre — a pale mint green background.

Full text of our Q&A with Natalia Smith, design manager for Wilsonart:

Q. Are new patterns exact replicas of the originals? 

As close as possible. In the case of Daisy, the scale is the same. In the case of Compre, the scale is slightly smaller.

Q. If not, why did you decide to change the patterns in scale/pattern? 

In both cases, we did not have a lot of original material in order to be completely faithful to the original scale/pattern. We’re talking just chips. We had a lot more Daisy chips which made it a little easier to piece together. With Compre, we have even fewer chips. We were actually quite jazzed with the idea that we were “rewriting” history. We gathered the information we did have, and attempted to create a design that looks authentic.

Q. Are some of the colorways exact replicas? If not, how did you choose the new color ways? 

For some, as close as possible, for the rest we really were inspired by the era and had fun experimenting with color. Envy Daisy, Apricot Glow Daisy, and Autumn Lights Daisy are very, very close to the chips in our archives. Tropical Daisy, Field Daisy, and Wintergreen Daisy were inspired by the colors of the 1960’s and 70’s. I actually did a search on Pinterest for fashion of the 60’s and 70’s and some really fun things popped up. Field Daisy was inspired by a crochet dress pattern from the 60’s! Of course, we needed the Ice Daisy to satisfy the group who love black and white. It’s actually interesting to see it in grey scale; it takes on more of the asterisk look than a daisy.

In regards to the Compre design, from what we can tell, the design was on an overlay and paired with our solid colors of the time. Think Gold Lame or Glitter. Glitter was an overlay paired with solid color papers. Our Compre designs today are printed which allowed us to get as close as possible to original colors, but not exact. It is very difficult to match a printed color to a solid color paper that is made from a color slurry.

Where to order Wilsonart Daisy and Compre vintage design laminate

Anyone can order 8″ x 10″ samples via Wilsonart’s website.

We also wanted to know whether consumers can order laminate directly from Wilsonart. In short — no — but you can order through normal retail channels. Marketing elaborated in response to our question:

I don’t think we can support customers calling us directly to order – at least not at this stage. On the other hand, they’ve always been able to order these products through a designer, a distributor or through the home centers.a consumer can order the VDL designs through Home Depot and Lowe’s.

The complete Wilsonart news release:

Wilsonart Expands Design Library with 150 New Designs
A Whole New World of Pattern is Just a Click Away

TEMPLE, TX (November 4, 2014) – For centuries, designers have searched for more design choices – in fabrics, wallcoverings, furnishings, and no less so, in laminates. Now Wilsonart has an answer – but it’s not on the wallboard, it’s online.

A leading manufacturer of decorative surfaces for more than 50 years, Wilsonart responds to the designers cry for more with 150 new designs, all available as part of a Virtual Design Library (www.wilsonart.com/VDL), an evolving, curated collection of laminates available in just 2-3 weeks from order.

“We’re already used to finding more products, more conveniently online in our personal lives,” said Gwen Petter, director of surface design at Wilsonart. “We thought ‘why not offer that same flexibility and easy access for laminate?’ So we started with a range of designs, some whimsical, some trendy, and some larger scale that really reposition laminate. Our long-range plan is to grow this ‘extended design offering’ to literally thousands of designs.”

The expanded design library was developed with two guiding factors: make it different and make it easy. “We make it different,” says Petter, “by sourcing designs from artists, from trends and even from photographic real life images. We make it easy by doing all the work for you. Unlike “custom” programs, our graphic designers have done all the work ahead of time – the color matching, layout and image adjustment. You get more without having to do more. We think that’s what designers really want.”

By visiting www.Wilsonart.com/VDL designers can access this curated library with patterns ranging from photorealistic imagery such as food and floral patterns to abstract and artistic graphics that subtly set a mood. Think color and bold graphics. Think fun with artistic flair. Those are the themes of the first iteration of designs to join the expanded Wilsonart® Laminate collection.

“It’s like that magical moment when music lovers discovered iTunes,” remarked Natalia Smith, design manager at Wilsonart. “Designers can begin to have access to design selection that will continue to grow and evolve with year-round additions from our design team, as well as emerging artists, illustrators, and designers we’ve sourced from around the globe.”

The first 150 designs fall into 9 themed collections: Geometrics, Folk Art, Retro, Sports, Woodgrains, Youthful, Study Hall, Delectable and Nature. Wilsonart plans to expand the online library with additional collections throughout 2015 and beyond. Many of the curated patterns in this collection are also available in broad colorways, providing even more choice and inspiration.

“Take Geometrics, for example,” says Smith. “They are a great way of adding interest in a trend-savvy way. So much of what we see today is a skillful, yet casual mix of ideas and color. You can have a space where historical, time-worn features form a backdrop for an eclectic mixture of flea market finds and bold pops of large-scale color and pattern.”

Selection is one thing. But what about delivery? Wilsonart’s new offer comes with speedy turn-around on everything – just 2-3 weeks from factory to fabricator. Samples are readily available online at www.wilsonart.com/VDL  or through Wilsonart’s stellar Customer Service Center at 800-433-3222.

Don’t forget, Wilsonart also offers retro boomerangs as part of this collection, which we’ve covered before, too.

This is beyond exciting folks! Kate and I have requested samples already so we can see these fabulous new options in person — we’ll surely be back with more about these fun new patterns!

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  1. Laurie Louise says:

    Pam, you’re a rainmaker! Seriously, how wonderful that you were consulted on this! Let’s hope these styles sell like hot cakes…or cupcakes…that pattern looks retro-compatible too. Thanks for taking care of your peoples…now, for a table in that delightful Daisy for the screen porch…

  2. SpiderMom says:

    OMG! DNA patterned laminate! I am totally freaking out! The VDL is a brilliant idea. Please WilsonArt, bring back the linen patterned laminates. The ones on the market are either not as crisp as the originals or not available in enough colors.

  3. Mary Elizabeth says:

    So much fun! DH and I just finished our 1970s-style bathroom, and this daisy pattern would have been nice in there. But I’m happy with the crackled red earth pattern I chose.

  4. Elizabeth Walters says:

    The fabulous Wintergreen & Tropical Daisies takes a tiny bit out of the sting of hearing of World of Tile’s demise. Although my husband is still threatening to put me on a plane to fly to NJ from TX before they completely shut down.

  5. Molly says:

    Oh!! A few months ago, my hubby and I found an MCM house that we absolutely fell in love with. The only thing that had been changed was one light fixture in the dining room and they had painted the cabinets (eeek!) and put an awful tile countertop and backsplash in the otherwise adorable kitchen. When I peeked under the counter to see if I could tell what was covered up, it was that exact Autumn Lights Daisy pattern!

    Now I know if we ever buy that house (it was taken off the market and returned to being a rental), I can fully restore the kitchen!

  6. Hautie says:

    Tropical Daisy and Field Daisy are exquisite. I just love the look of happy colors on counter tops.

    Plus it will not cost your a small fortune to have them installed.

  7. Joe Felice says:

    Gwen Petter hit the nail on the head when she selected the word “fun.” I think that is what it was all about back then, along with functionality. I am a big fan of retro laminates. They add so-much character to the space. I chose aqua boomerang before Formica discontinued it. As far as I’m concerned, Wilson and Formica can bring back ALL the patterns and colors from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s! And some forward-thinking appliance manufacturer should introduce a line of matching, brightly-colored appliances. I still think they’d sell like hotcakes. I truly believe people are tired of stainless, granite, and cabinets that look like they belong in the living room, and are just waiting for the “next big thing.”

  8. Debbie says:

    Could this mean that there’s a chance that glitter could make a comeback? I’m not a fan of 60’s decor (saw too much of it while growing up in those days, I guess), but I’d love to get my hands on some of that sparkly ’50’s glitter laminate!

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