This might be somewhat old news in the design blogging world, but it’s a combination of two things I enjoy immensely: Pantone colors and vintage diner ware. (In this case, faux vintage, but the vibe is the same.)
Pantone teamed up with Fishs Eddy to create this line of dishes “based on colorful sample plates used by traveling china salesmen in the 1940’s and 50’s to show the variety of color available to restaurants, hotels and country clubs.” I love the concept, but I’m not crazy about the color combinations. The Skyway Mug is one exception: that blue is very close to the shade I use as part of my gallery‘s identity, and it’s always been one of my favorites – soft, but saturated and warm.
I’ve always liked Fishs Eddy for their vintage stuff, which is what they started with seventeen years ago. It’s tough to run a business on what must be an uneven supply chain, so I understand why they’d branch out into newly manufactured items, which they did quite a while ago. They’ve been inventive about who they’ve partnered with – aside from Pantone, they have a line designed by that Martha for the hip single girl, Cynthia Rowley, and another new line done in collaboration with illustrator Jessie Hartland. Both lines are whimisical, and I’m sure appealing to some people, but it’s nothing I personally would be interested in eating off of every day.