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1975

  • Work on this object began.

1987

  • We acquired this object.

1995

  • Work on this object ended.

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Dinner Plate (USA), ca. 1985

This is a Dinner plate. It was design team member: Davin Stowell, Tucker Viemeister, John Lonczak, Annie Breckenfeld, Brent Markee, Linda Celantano and Tom Dair and manufactured by Copco and firm: Smart Design, Inc.. It is dated ca. 1985 and we acquired it in 1987. Its medium is melamine plastic. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

New York based product design firm Smart Design employed a team of designers to create a set of dinnerware for Copco, a house wares company originally founded in 1960 by Sam Farber, who also founded OXO Good Grips in 1989. The brightly colored Copco plates are made of melamine, a type of plastic that is very durable and comes in a variety of hues and patterns. Melamine is scratch-resistant, heat-resistant, dishwasher-safe, and can be manufactured inexpensively, keeping costs low. The customizable line can be mixed and matched, giving users the freedom to create a unique set.

This object was donated by Smart Design, Inc.. It is credited Gift of Smart Design, Inc..

  • Bowl (Germany), 1981
  • kiln-formed fused glass.
  • This acquisition made possible through Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.
  • 1983-11-1

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Its dimensions are

H x Diam: 2.7 x 25.5 cm (1 1/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

It has the following markings

Molded underside within foot ring: "HEAT RESISTANT MELAMINE * DISHWASHER SAFE/ COPCO [R in circle]/2536-09 TAIWAN @1985/ 4 ." "Made in Taiwan for Copco." Molded underside within foot ring: "HEAT RESISTANT MELAMINE * DISHWASHER SAFE / COPCO [R within circle]/ 2536-09 TAIWAN & c1985/ 4 "

Cite this object as

Dinner Plate (USA), ca. 1985; Manufactured by Copco ; melamine plastic; H x Diam: 2.7 x 25.5 cm (1 1/16 x 10 1/16 in.); Gift of Smart Design, Inc.; 1987-14-1

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