While I watch Mad Men and Twin Peaks, this vignette stands atop my media cabinet. It has so much awesomeness: Dinosaur bones! The Eiffel tower! Books! And a vintage Couroc serving tray!
Dinosaurs are such divas. Let's get a better look at that tray.
|I can't find much info about this particular design; someone with a Flickr dedicated to Couroc calls this |
"San Francisco Cable Car by Couroc" and says it is an early example of the company's work.
Couroc trays are made of black resin and feature simple designs, often made with inlaid seashells, coins, wood, metal, or even paperclips. The company has an interesting history. Couroc was founded in 1948, and ran until the early '90s. In their earliest days, they functioned as an art commune.
Couroc trays are affordable. In 2007, Coroc trays were selling for $9.99 on eBay. The prices have gone up slighty, but they're still quite cheap. Here are some pretty Couroc trays for sale now on etsy...
|Lishylou on etsy is selling this for $15.00.|
|Marcelandmargolis on etsy is selling this for $20. |
The fruit design is one of the first Couroc trays I ever saw, and it's still one of my favorites.
|justmenicki3 on etsy is selling this for $19.65. If you're obsessed with owls, this is the tray for you.|
Next time you're thrifting, keep an eye out for Couroc! It's easy to find and makes a bold and beautiful design statement, whether you're using it as a serving tray or as a decorative object. Happy Friday, and have a fun weekend!