Dining Mid-Century Dish Exhibit in Ann Arbor

Posted on May 24 2017 - 3:41am by RetroRuth

This week I am bringing you something a bit different! On Mother’s Day weekend I was lucky enough to be able to go to the Mid-Century dinnerware exhibit in Ann Arbor, Michigan that was put on by The Dinnerware Museum. It was an adorable little exhibit that was in a great venue, and since most of you probably didn’t attend, I thought I would bring the exhibit to you.

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Some childrens’s Russel Wright, anyone?

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Here is Tom chatting it up with one of The Dinnerware Museum owners. They were lovely people and very knowledgeable.

Apparently the space they held the exhibit in was a mid-century addition to the much older main bed and breakfast, The Stone Chalet. The addition was used as a church for a long time. It still had a lot of the mid-century architectural details and was lovely.

But, onto the dishes!

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This napkin display girl is now part of my dreams!

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No Mid-Century dinnerware exhibit would be complete without some Melmac! This is Regatta. WP_20170513_12_52_45_ProWP_20170513_12_52_54_Pro

Here’s a bit of Russel Wright for adults! Set on a Heywood Wakefield dining set, so pretty much perfection.WP_20170513_12_53_05_Pro

Another angle, because why not?

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Libbey glasses! I love these guys.

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These adorable cruets? pitchers? carafes? were marked unknown manufacturer. If anyone has a clue about these, I’m sure The Dinnerware Museum would love to know!

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Another cute setting. TV dinner!

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Steubenville Pottery. This would be absolutely perfect in my kitchen!

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This poodle set by Glidden is perfect!

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And, to leave you, a perfectly perfect Mid-Century picnic!

Overall, the exhibit was a little one, but it had so many great pieces and designers and in such a great location that I was very impressed. When I spoke with the owners, they said they are looking for a physical building for the museum, so be sure to visit their site and support the museum if you can, or feel free to drop them a line if you have a suggestion for permanent display space for them.

I’m looking forward to their next exhibit!

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I love everything retro, vintage, mid-century, kitsch and all things atomic! A 21st century housewife just trying to fit in...to the 50's. I have a passion for vintage recipes and an enormous vintage cookbook collection that I keep testing, even though by now I should know better. Creator of Mid-Century Menu (www.midcenturymenu.com), No Pattern Required (www.nopatternrequired.com), and I Ate The 80's (www.iatethe80s.com).

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13 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Andrea May 24, 2017 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Gorgeous dishware, wow! The kids sets are really adorable. Surprised at there not being any Pyrex, though!

  2. Max May 24, 2017 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    Wow! Thank you! I really enjoy visiting your website. Just had to comment on that Melmac Regatta. Beautiful!

  3. Susan May 24, 2017 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    Wait til Sara sees those Poodle dishes! I wonder her reaction, given her poodle bathroom that is perfection.

  4. Marnie May 24, 2017 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing, so those of us far off on the other side of the continent could enjoy 🙂

  5. Laurinda May 24, 2017 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    That IS a cool museum! I too am on the wrong side of the continent to enjoy it. At least I can console myself with my own Fire King Davey Crockett mug (it’s the perfect size for an espresso)

  6. Sara In AZ May 25, 2017 at 10:10 am - Reply

    OH MY GOD……the POODLES!!!! Dying over here!!!!! LOVE that!!!!! EEeeeEEeeEEeeeeeEEeeee!!!!!!

    Yes, you are right Susan….I am a poodle maniac! 🙂

  7. Sue May 25, 2017 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    I saw one of those napkin display girls just last weekend in an antique shop!

  8. Poppy May 25, 2017 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    My grandma had the Regatta Melmac. I thought it was so cool when I was a kid, but I forgot about it until now. (I also felt so cool as an ’80s kid knowing that Alf’s home planet was named after dishes.)

  9. Marty May 28, 2017 at 12:00 am - Reply

    This is SO COOL! Thank you for sharing. I’m ready to travel to MI now!

    The white dishes above the poodle plate picture look a lot like an Eva Zeisel design. I have my mom’s Zeisel dishes and I love them, even though they’re a little on the fragile side.

  10. Stuart Miller May 28, 2017 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    As someone who has re-read “China and Glass in America 1880-1980: From Tabletop to TV Tray” often enough to break the book’s spine, I was delighted to learn about this new museum. Thank you!

  11. Maureen June 10, 2017 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    What a great post! Every picture is a delight, thanks for sharing!

  12. Amanda July 17, 2017 at 7:03 am - Reply

    I just LOVE the flatware! Thank you so much for sharing!

  13. George August 18, 2017 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    My Mother has the same cute napkin doll. We use it every year during her birthday!

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