A passing glance, and you might think these are the latest in Pantone's extensive range but, in fact, the story behind these David Mellor British Standard Mugs goes back much further than that.
While Pantone's colour matching system began in 1963, the British Colour Council was founded in 1931 with the aim of standardizing the colours used in government and industry. Some bright and bold examples of the 1950s standard colours have been used to decorate these specially-designed mugs. Like Pantone, each colour is given a code but, here, also a name. With names including Post Office Red or Air Craft Blue and Camouflage Grey, these mugs are wonderfully evocative of British design and life in the 1950s.
The mugs are £9.50 each.
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