Design space: Yolanda O'Neill on collecting Pyrex

Yolanda O'Neill with a small sample of her Pyrex collection.
YOLANDA O'NEILL

Yolanda O'Neill with a small sample of her Pyrex collection.

Every week we ask a Kiwi interiors commentator to tell us what they're loving now and how to use it. This week Yolanda O'Neill, a young mum with a passion for retro interior design, talks about Pyrex. 

Remember having tea at Nana's on a Friday night? A hot dinner would be placed in the middle of the table and everybody would serving themselves...

For some reason when I think of these occasions, I remember the details that others forget: like what dinner was served in. 

Yes, I'm talking about the gorgeous coloured glassware called Pyrex. It's still for sale today but no longer do they make dishes embellished with the gorgeous retro pattern prints. 

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I came across Pyrex many years ago while op shopping. Once I had two dishes it became a bit of an obsession to collect these gorgeous specimens. I'm not joking, my heart would skip a beat if I ever saw Pyrex on my op-shop visits: if I liked the colours or print I would grab the pieces, because vintage Pyrex is becoming increasingly rare.  
Pyrex collections come in all colours and sizes.
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Pyrex collections come in all colours and sizes.

Op shops are the best place to find reasonably priced Pyrex, but you can also find it on Trade Me and sites like eBay and Etsy. I make it a rule to pay no more that $5 a piece at op shops (it is usually priced  between $4 and $15). Trade Me often have reasonable prices, but you might have to pay postage.

I display my Pyrex proudly and use it while cooking as it is oven proof, the the different sizes and shapes mean you've always got the right serving dish no matter what the meal.  

The key with displaying cute collectables is not to overdo it: pick a few of your favourite pieces and go with a colour scheme that matches. I put all my pastel pyrex in a group and the mustard and orange pyrex in another. 

The vintage designs are increasingly hard to come across.
YOLANDA O'NEILL

The vintage designs are increasingly hard to come across.

TIPS FOR CLEANING

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Never use abrasive scourers. Oven cleaner works the best for baked on splatters: just leave it 10 minutes, then rinse away. Your Pyrex will come up looking new. 

 - Stuff

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