That's why, when in 2012, Los Angeles designer Scott Lander chose white Formica for a kitchen he created in an award-winning project, people were mesmerized.
But Scott Lander told American Public Media's Marketplace "Most people were asking, 'What is this surface?' Most people didn't even know it was Formica."
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How times have changed, indeed. Will we be seeing more Formica in the coming years? The company would certainly like that to be the case.
|Retro, 1950s ad for Formica products|
Formica, however, has also cleaned up its act, and that's meant to be a compliment.
Formica has switched to non-toxic resins, and it uses recycled paper in its designs. Plus, its products are becoming more popular with a new generation of budget remodelers, for obvious reasons. The product has a wide array of design choices which are durable and cost-effective. These days, Formica also sells flooring, too.
However, Formica is but one option and it need not be limited to retro, 1950s-styled designs. (Retro, however, might be considered.) At the International Builder's Show, the company introduced a "new" collection featuring retro designs and colors in celebration of its 100th birthday. The collection was designed by the renowned design firm Pentagram.
So when you think about upgrading your kitchen or bathroom, you might just consider Formica. Design buyers in Los Angeles were recently impressed, and you might be, too!