It’s Formica® but not as we know it. Last week I ran a post on the return of Anaglypta wallpaper and how it’s becoming cool again. Well judging by the reaction of some people you’d think I suggested a wholesale return to the 1970s General Strikes and all.
There were, in the interests of fairness, a number who loved the idea too. But anyway, the link’s up there if you want to read it and make up your own mind.
Today’s Object of Design is another blast from the past – Formica®. Shall I pause a minute while you all shake your heads and remember your Granny’s kitchens and do a small huff and puff at my Madness …
Done? Right then. Look at this lot. As I say, not the chipped and curling stuff you remember is it. This is Formica® marquetry as created by Lucy Turner who uses laser cutting to create her designs.
The beauty of Formica® is also that it doesn’t fade, won’t yellow (like paint) and is heat resistant so it doesn’t matter if Tarquin spills his juice or Aunty Flo puts her tea down Without Using A Coaster.
Last year a book came out celebrating 100 years of Formica®, which included an essay by Peter York on its cultural impact. Oh yes. So I guess that, like Anaglypta, it’s time we re-embraced this practical, yet misunderstood, material.
Lucy says she has always loved Formica® and as a child would insist on going to a certain cafe because of the tables: “I have always loved greasy spoon cafes with their Formica® tables. I would always insist on going into a certain cafe when shopping with my mum in Bath because I loved the yellow Formica®.