The History of Copco Cookware –
I came across a set of vintage Copco cookware a few months ago at a local flea market and was intrigued by its beautiful design. I didn’t have much info on the maker but could tell it was well made. So with that wee bit of knowledge, I made the purchase and happily headed home to do some research (sometimes you just have to go with your gut).
I did well…
A classic modern design of the mid century, apparently chefs covet their Copco and love to cook with it. The original versions are prized for their durability, easy clean-up, and ability to conduct heat evenly. (I love that it was made from food-safe materials, unlike what’s being produced today.)
Copco began business in 1960 creating the enamel coated cookware you see here. They charged designer Michael Lax with the design, which explains the clean modern lines and the minimalist practicality of the pieces, and produced the cookware on the island of Mors in Denmark which was known for its high-quality cast iron. This heavy cast iron also gave their cookware superior durability & heat conduction.
Each piece of Copco cast iron was coated in an enamel process that gave it superior durability to chipping (and was appreciated for its good looks, easy clean-up, and even heat distribution) while their handles were made with teak to eliminate a hot handle. Lastly, the lids of the pots also served dual purpose as casserole dishes (so practical!).
All of these features are what make Copco a favorite among chefs.
Although still in business today, Copco no longer produces this original version of their cookware. And that’s unfortunate because it’s by far a cook’s favorite – even over La Creuset & Staub. What you will find in today’s market is a version being produced in China by Mario Butali, but it’s of much lesser quality.
If you look, however, you can still find original pieces in excellent condition on Etsy and other online sites (or at second-hand shops). Just be sure it’s in good condition and that it has the logo above.
But if you want your best bargain, estate sales and second-hand shops are where you’ll get it. The main thing to look for are pieces that still have their porcelain coating intact.
Looking for great quality cookware with a sleek modern design? Definitely check out the vintage line of Copco by Michael Lax. It’s the perfect excuse to start a new collection!