I. Love. Bold. Graphics.
And more often than not, those are just the type that are applied to melamine dishware. Last week, I admitted to myself, after much denial, that I am an amateur collector of melamine trays. Here is a sampling of my collection as well as some others that I just love.
I can not get enough of Blossom & Bill. Which is why I just purchased this tray along with the coordinating tea towels and mugs. Although these two love birds live in the UK, they remind me of the hippies that roamed our Northern California neighborhood not so long ago. $45 at huset-shop.com
Cow Tray by Simrin. 16" x 22", $110
Hen Tray by Simrin. 15" diameter, $90
Lotta Kulhorn Margareta Tray. 10.5" x 7.8", $24
Raja Tray by Simrin. 16" x 22", $116.
Planeta Vivo, by Alessi. This was the first melamine tray I ever purchased. I found it at the Alessi factory shop while visiting their offices and manufacturing facility in Italy, just outside of Milan. (I really need to write about that experience because it was incredible). I think the tray cost me about $10. I've always loved the graphics. It has a permanent home on the kitchen counter, housing all the frequently used items.
Easton's Pond by Angela Adams. 13" x 17", $85.
But the master of bold, melamine dishware has to go to French Bull by Jackie Shapiro. All their products are just so darn *happy-making*. This tray adds a little sunshine to the center of our dining room table.
The six-year old wanted to get his latest Lego space craft in on some of the photo action. Below are a set of plates that can actually get me excited about princesses and castles.