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.
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