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A trademark name for a smooth, hard plastic top surface made of sheets of special paper laminated in synthetic resins. Formica was invented in 1912 in New Zealand and due to its durability, ease of cleaning, and heat-resistance, it quickly became a successful product that was in high demand all over the world, especially in the furniture industry.

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"Diner place setting on a period Formica table, Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI, August 7, 2012" by Lori L. Stalteri is licensed under CC BY.