Dozens of samples of vintage laminates from six companies in France: Celamine, Dilophane, Formica, Permalux, Plattan Perstorp, and Polyrey

retro formica francepermalux zig zagOh my word: Dozens of vintage laminate samples from five companies in France. Formica is the big name, but we also get to see designs from Celamine, Dilophane, Permalux, Plattan Perstorp (or is it Perstorp Plattan?), and Polyrey. Ebay seller rclark8449 generously gave me permission to grab the photos for our historical archive. He told me:

Hi Pam

I found these in a French village Vide Grenier they came from a hardware store so the vender told me.

All the best, Richard

SO FANTASTIC to see designs that, I presume, were designed and sold only in Europe. We want we want we want more designs like these back in the marketplace today!

The listings ended Sunday, and only one chain of samples seems to have sold.

Following are some of the overview shots… then, scroll down to the Gallery to see some closeups of these delicious designs.

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Link love:

Which is your new favorite?

Tips to view the slide show, click on any image … it should enlarge on your screen … use the back or forward arrows to move back or forth … hit Esc to exit … you can start or stop anywhere.

  1. Karen says:

    This tile listing was farther down and has been sold but the photos are still available for viewing: Tres unique
    Original Vintage Formica samples design 1950s camargue cyclade les oiseaux vatel

    Richard also has some great vintage lighting fixtures and radios.

  2. Marie Gamalski says:

    WOW!!! Not sure what to say… I love them and they’re fun but, not sure about 10ft of that much pattern… Great colors though

  3. Dorsie Jones says:

    I LOVE these! But I really wish they weren’t already sold. I with they would reproduce this like they do the fabrics. Since these were mid-century is there a chance they have asbestos or lead in them? That’s why I’d really like to see them reproduced.

  4. pam kueber says:

    Dorsie, it’s always wise to have vintage materials checked for vintage nastiness. Get with your own licensed professional(s). For more info and links see our Be Safe/Renovate Safe page https://retrorenovation.com/renovate-safe/

    Also, for all our research on vintage-style and even reproduction-vintage laminates sold today, see our Kitchen Help/Countertops subcategory — we have lots of research — https://retrorenovation.com/category/kitchen/countertops/

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