zak designs

About Us

about us

Zak Designs was founded in 1976, and we have been in the business of bringing smiles to our customers ever since. Headquartered in the beautiful city of Spokane, Washington, we are a dinnerware and drinkware company with the desire to bring something new to your table, and we have an impressive collection to show for it. Revolutionary ideas, creative solutions, and groundbreaking designs are all part of what we do. And with these unique products, Zak continues to set trends and make mealtime special for people around the world.

No one had ever thought of putting iconic characters on dinnerware before Irv Zakheim brought up the idea. Encouraged by the achievements of the Zak Zany Zoo Oven Mitts (a unique twist on ordinary oven mitts that proved their popularity by appearing on the set of Seinfeld), he continued exploring ways to put a little joy into everyday activities. In 1988, Zakheim convinced Disney to let him spotlight the Chip ’n Dale Rescue Rangers on his products. Zak Designs was allowed two new movies the following year: the live-action Dick Tracy and an animated feature. The Little Mermaid and its merchandise saw undeniable success, demonstrating the appeal of characters on children’s dinnerware and solidifying Zak Designs as a leader in the category.

But we haven’t just been sitting on our laurels since then—kids aren’t the only ones who can use a little mealtime fun, so we’re always looking for new ways to expand and provide for people of all ages. We’ve launched a toddler line that helps your child form healthy habits early, while baking sets designed to fit little hands encourage involvement in the kitchen. Teens and adults can make a statement with their favorite characters on glasses and coffee mugs. And of course, our stylish dinnerware and drinkware will delight both family and guests, and not just based on looks.

Zak is a problem-solving company, and with the inspiration around us, we’ve been able to approach our solutions from a different angle. Surrounded by the green wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, we’ve taken steps to lessen our environmental impact with renewable and recycled materials, leading to several creative and appealing dinnerware collections. During sports games and city-wide events like Bloomsday and Hoopfest, athletes can stay hydrated with a water bottle that has won multiple awards for its innovative intake-tracking design. We see something as routine as a daily commute, and engineer our travel tumblers to keep it clean and convenient.

Zak Designs is always on the edge of something new, and after 40 years of looking past traditional mealtimes, we have quite a few accomplishments to our name. Whether you’re looking for a trendy pattern, an interesting design feature, or a character from a favorite show, our collection of products has something to make everyone smile.