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Hellerware Dishes Exemplify 1960s Tableware Design

The Hellerware system of stacking dishes, designed by Massimo Vignelli, was initially named Max I and manufactured by Aricoli Plastici Electrici of Colono Monzese, Italy, a company then involved in the production of melamine formaldehyde (often shorted to melamine or MF) Mickey Mouse ashtrays. Hellerware is now an icon of 1960s design, and is still produced. The Plastics Collection at the Syracuse University Library has a large selection of Hellware pieces and Hellerware can be found at the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York.
Sources:
  • Akhurst, Steve. "The Rise and Fall of Melamine Tableware". Plastiquarian (Plastics Historical Society), 32: 10 (Summer 2004) (accessed February 2, 2011).
  • Ambasz, Emilio. Design: Vignelli (New York: Rizzoli, 1981, 1990).
  • Fiell, Charlotte and Peter. Plastic Dreams: Synthetic Visions in Design (London: Fiell Publishing Limited, 2009), 108-109.
  • Hennessey, William J. Russel Wight, American Designer. (New York, NY.: Gallery Association of New York State, Inc., 1983), 61.
  • Lifshey, Earl. The Housewares Story: A History of the American Housewares Industry. (Chicago: National Housewares Manufacturers Association, 1973), 337-342.
  • The Melamine Council, "A gallery of new designs in dinnerware molded of Melamine," advertisement, Life Magazine (May 27, 1957), 62-63.
  • Vignelli Associates home page (accessed February 2, 2011).
  • Vignelli Center for Design Studies at RIT (accessed February 2, 2011).