Hawker Colours: Melamine Tableware in Singapore

$36.00 SGD

They refer not to the green of chendol or the red of mee goreng but the riot of colourful melamine plates and bowls in which many hawker dishes in Singapore are served today. Red, green, yellow, purple, pink, and more!

These colours defy conventional aesthetic sensibilities, and yet they have become entrenched in local hawker centres and coffee shops. Hawker Colours retraces their origins and mass adoption, and asks what value they still hold as the trade adapts to the changing needs of the city-state.


Published by In Plain Words
By Hans Tan Studio and In Plain Words
Designed by Currency

210 x 170 x 12 mm
175pp, 440g
Soft cover (5 colour options)
Published in December 2023

ISBN 978-981-18-8248-7