Ahh, the poor man’s Catherineholm. I’d been looking for a Catherineholm piece for myself, thank you very much, pretty much for a couple years now. Then I saw it. A yellow lotus leaf bowl at an estate sale. A closer look told me it was plastic. A Deka piece!
If you’re into mid century modern and mixing bowls, no doubt you too have noticed the plastic version made by Deka Plastics. The American version of Catherineholm was made right in Elizabeth, NJ. It looks like Deka may have had a license to recreate the Catherineholm bowls in plastic but there’s no definitive source. They may simply be a knockoff/replica of the original enamel version. The latter is doubtful due to other products Deka designed and licensed.
During their 40+ year run, they created a variety of plastic home goods that are full of nostalgia. If you’ve ever had a plastic bowl or cup set with Star Trek, Smurfs or the Muppets, they may have been produced by Deka Plastics, Inc. Prior to the childhood memories of the 1980s, they made kitchen items with psychodelic birds and flowers. And a classic design is the 1960s colored plastic with white stripes, such as the Bongo Basket.
Nowadays, Deka Plastics no longer exists. They finally shut down in the mid-1980s. All we have from now is lots of nostalgia.