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Wonderful Melamine Table Mats!

Recently yay retro! came across some fantastic melamine table mats designed by Jenny Duff, featuring large 70s style flowers and funky foods, and we simply had to run a feature of her work on our blog!

Based in Ramsgate, Kent... Jenny Duff designs and makes a range of table mats, coasters and trays using her own images as well as work by other designers. Interestingly she also has a licence to use a selection of vintage railway posters from the National Railway Museum on her products. 

Jenny tells us that several years ago she was looking for table mats as a gift and couldn’t find any she liked, about the same time she had taken a roll of film in to the photo lab and they were offering to make coasters from your own photos – the connection was made – and she sourced a UK Melamine manufacturer and set off into the tableware business...

jenny duff tablemats feature on yay retro

[above... Jenny Duff have some wonderful table mats with funky food designs]

At home Jenny uses lots of retro china – she has a collection of Poole Pottery and particularly likes the shape of the tea and coffee pots, and the ice green colour.  She also has a set of tea plates and bowls which belonged to her grandmother that have a red sailing boat pattern.

Currently she is renovating a 1960s family caravan, and has the original Melamine ‘crockery’ her parents bought to go in it...Jenny tells us that each person had a different colour place setting (what a great idea!)

We asked Jenny what are her favourite items in the yay retro! shop and she says that she loves the pattern on Poole Pottery Ruth Pavely 'Tears' cruet set as Poole has such a great shape aesthetic.  Though she says, 'it was hard to choose, there’s a lot of wonderful Poole at yay retro!, and a lot in the shop reminds me of tea times at home in my childhood.' 

jenny duff table mats look great on yay retro blog

[above...Jenny's wonderful floral table mats evoke a sense of the 1970s..she has a Poole Pottery and Gaydon melamine collection at home]

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