Italian designer Paola Navone draws inspiration with gourmet gusto from the culture and daily life of the many countries she has visited, is this time interested in products made in the United States during the Great Depression in the 1930s. While the country was going through a devastating crisis, an industrial glassware firm burgeoned in Sandwich, Massachusetts, making utility glassware in moulded glass in three colours: jade green (Jadeite), white (Milk Glass) and transparent (Depression Glass).
Her new tableware collection Fish&Fish for Serax refashions the mid-century tableware with flat or deep plates (large or small), glasses, jars, salt and pepper shakers, vodka carafes, etc., plus large platters in hammered aluminium, all in the shape of the delicious herring fish.
About – Not expensive, solid, practical and carefully thought out, it took all American households by storm, but also diners, snack bars, coffee shops, etc… Synonymous with working class America from the 1930s to the 1950s, it is today coveted by well-informed collectors who rummage for pieces fervently in second hand shops and jumble sales.
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