Designed by David Harman Powell of the British Industrial Plastics Product Design Unit, Oldbury, Birmingham. Manufactured by Ranton & Co. Ltd, Brentford, London, using melamine made by British Industrial Plastics Chemicals Ltd., Birmingham. The moulding tools made by British Industrial Plastics Tools Ltd.
David Harman Powell had observed at close hand the development of an earlier melamine wares for Midwinter, designed by A.H. Woodfull and John Vale of the BIP Product Design Unit. When asked by Woodfull to undertake melamine designs for Ranton & Co., he was able to advance the process further with the development of the two-colour bi-moulded design. Seeking to start afresh and avoid the convention of handles being attached separately, his design solution was to fully integrate the handle as one consolidated piece. The handle, which sweeps up and outward from the rim, is higher than usual, providing good balance when lifted, and enabling the handle to accept the high pressure flow of the melamine during moulding, resulting in low stress and very good strength. The subtle detailing of the handle, made possible through precision toolmaking, is further enhanced by bringing the second colour that forms the interior out over the top of the handle.