|Hello, look at this, a double egg cup by Bessmer sold at Hobart Collectables on Etsy|
Who can argue that other countries sure have a great view on design? I really love the designs that are found coming out of Australia, by Nylex Corporation --- who mainly used melmac in their Bessemer line. Their designs are funky, mid century modern styled, and over the top.
|Bessemer Plastics by Nylex: Made in Australia! Photo: HobartCollectables on Etsy|
Nylex Plastics employed so many people in Australia back in the day. My research indicates struggling with unions and rising costs of assembly, the company was destined for final failure in 2009. What most people do not know, is the company was known for it's gorgeous melamine, but also it's beloved coolers, which had the brand name of Esky. (Ironically nicknamed after Eskimos.)
When the company went into financial failure in 2009, Coleman actually bought out the product line. Aside from the beloved coolers, and tons of lost jobs and industry, the major news stories were all fights over preserving the iconic sign (below) . Perhaps the rest of Nylex, someday, will be forgotten history.
|Nylex Iconic Sign Credit: Vincent Quach (Invincible)|
Assembling a collection of Bessemer may be difficult if you aren't in Australia, as you would have to purchase most from overseas collectors. The problem being the monetary conversion and shipping may be hefty getting this into the states. The final result would be so very worth it however, as Bessemer's designers had a knack for making these great kitchen ideas!
|DestinationVintageOz on Etsy offers this melmac steak plate / platter by Bessemer!|
Assembling a full collection may be hard. Since it was primarily known for sugars, creamers, platters, trays, and pitchers, a good sized design worthy shelf in your home would be able to house the best in mid century modern kitchen designs.
|Bessemer Butter Dish and Sugar Bowl in Pretty White by NostalgiaBloom on Etsy|
|Also from Nostalgia Bloom (above) on Etsy. These come apart!|