Retro Kitchen Appliances

Retro Kitchen Appliances

Color and retro lines for style icons: appliances that embody the glamour and rounded forms of the 1950’s.  SMEG ’50s Retro Style products, a series of small kitchen appliances, refrigerators and freezers, dishwashers and washing machines, that have become recognised as cult objects.
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Retro Kitchen Appliances

For a charming kitchen, the curves and happy color palette of vintage and retro appliances beat stainless steel every time. But where do you find these appliances? And what about restoring vintage stoves and refrigerators? Is the cost worth it? Join us as we answer these questions, and get inspired by some delightful examples of vintage and vintage-look appliances in Houzz kitchens.
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Retro Kitchen Appliances

Charmean Neithart Interiors Vintage or retro — what’s the difference? Vintage appliances are genuine original models; generally the most coveted are from the 1940s to early 1960s. They may be refurbished to glossy perfection or bear the scuffs and scratches of many years of use. Retro appliances, on the other hand, are new models created to look like favorite designs from years past.Restoration source: The stove shown here is a vintage Wedgewood, restored by Chuck’s Appliance Service in South Pasadena, California. Search your local listings for an appliance service — the longer it has been in business, the better.
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Retro Kitchen Appliances

Vintage or retro — what’s the difference? Vintage appliances are genuine original models; generally the most coveted are from the 1940s to early 1960s. They may be refurbished to glossy perfection or bear the scuffs and scratches of many years of use. Retro appliances, on the other hand, are new models created to look like favorite designs from years past.Restoration source: The stove shown here is a vintage Wedgewood, restored by Chuck’s Appliance Service in South Pasadena, California. Search your local listings for an appliance service — the longer it has been in business, the better.
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Retro Kitchen Appliances

Kingston Design Remodeling Retro source: Big Chill makes a full range of retro appliances (like the fridge shown here) in a rainbow of colorful hues. Choose from refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, wall ovens and even dishwashers in a range of sizes.
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Retro Kitchen Appliances

Retro source: Big Chill makes a full range of retro appliances (like the fridge shown here) in a rainbow of colorful hues. Choose from refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, wall ovens and even dishwashers in a range of sizes.
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Retro Kitchen Appliances

Smeg has since unveiled a line of appliances inspired by the same era. If you’ve seen any retro fridges of late, chances are it was a Smeg. These fridges are fairly popular in the U.S., but are quite expensive. The FAB 28 model, for example, costs $1,999 and doesn’t even have a separate freezer compartment. For those with the money, though, these fridges would work great as a backup unit—maybe one for the man cave.
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Retro Kitchen Appliances

Even GE has thrown its hat into the retro ring with its line of sleek black-or-white “artistry” appliances. These fridges, dishwashers, ranges, and microwaves each feature the vintage GE logo, and look amazing—if you’re into a choice between black and white, that is. They’re also pretty affordable; the GE Artistry fridge runs for around $1,000.
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Big Chill took the popular design of 1950s refrigerators and applied it to a host of other home appliances, including microwaves, dishwashers, and ovens. The company also seems to have some good PR; Big Chill appliances can be found in the homes of celebrities like Rachel Ray and Scarlett Johansson. Of course, they’re even more expensive than the Smeg units, with their fridge costing just under $3,000.
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You’d expect a company with such beautifully designed home appliances to also have a well designed website, but that’s not the case with Elmira. That aside, Elmira appliances seem to dig deeper into appliance design history, culling elements from Art Deco to the Atomic Age, with a touch of Thomas Kinkade schmaltz for good measure.
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Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo PRO Kitchen Magic These vintage stoves are so cool! We have been asked to convert old dressers into a vanity on occasion. A cool idea for repurposing an antique or hand-me-down item. Vintage is really taking off again. We are always asked for traditional options and then the homeowner will mix and match, making the deisgn ‘transitional’. which is a fun way of saying “mix n match” styles. Giving the new design classic elements as a base and then making it your own is what makes every remodel unique to the homeowners. When the kitchen needs an update, it’s best to lay out a plan for the major work and chosen materials. Then sprinkle in ‘your treasures’ to make it your very own Here is an example of an antique refrigerator that our customer said was her inspiration to the whole kitchen. The kitchen is in New England, so I definitely see tell-tale elements of the area. Its a great find and I see why they love it! 1 Like March 8, 2016 at 11:40AM
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Kitchen Magic These vintage stoves are so cool! We have been asked to convert old dressers into a vanity on occasion. A cool idea for repurposing an antique or hand-me-down item. Vintage is really taking off again. We are always asked for traditional options and then the homeowner will mix and match, making the deisgn ‘transitional’. which is a fun way of saying “mix n match” styles. Giving the new design classic elements as a base and then making it your own is what makes every remodel unique to the homeowners. When the kitchen needs an update, it’s best to lay out a plan for the major work and chosen materials. Then sprinkle in ‘your treasures’ to make it your very own Here is an example of an antique refrigerator that our customer said was her inspiration to the whole kitchen. The kitchen is in New England, so I definitely see tell-tale elements of the area. Its a great find and I see why they love it! 1 Like March 8, 2016 at 11:40AM
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Kitchen Magic These vintage stoves are so cool! We have been asked to convert old dressers into a vanity on occasion. A cool idea for repurposing an antique or hand-me-down item. Vintage is really taking off again. We are always asked for traditional options and then the homeowner will mix and match, making the deisgn ‘transitional’. which is a fun way of saying “mix n match” styles. Giving the new design classic elements as a base and then making it your own is what makes every remodel unique to the homeowners. When the kitchen needs an update, it’s best to lay out a plan for the major work and chosen materials. Then sprinkle in ‘your treasures’ to make it your very own Here is an example of an antique refrigerator that our customer said was her inspiration to the whole kitchen. The kitchen is in New England, so I definitely see tell-tale elements of the area. Its a great find and I see why they love it!
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These vintage stoves are so cool! We have been asked to convert old dressers into a vanity on occasion. A cool idea for repurposing an antique or hand-me-down item. Vintage is really taking off again. We are always asked for traditional options and then the homeowner will mix and match, making the deisgn ‘transitional’. which is a fun way of saying “mix n match” styles. Giving the new design classic elements as a base and then making it your own is what makes every remodel unique to the homeowners. When the kitchen needs an update, it’s best to lay out a plan for the major work and chosen materials. Then sprinkle in ‘your treasures’ to make it your very own Here is an example of an antique refrigerator that our customer said was her inspiration to the whole kitchen. The kitchen is in New England, so I definitely see tell-tale elements of the area. Its a great find and I see why they love it!
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Northstar retro refrigerators come with a full complement of features, including 18.1 cu. ft. of storage, Visi-shelving, adjustable door bins, Energy Star™ rating and optional ice maker. Your Northstar vintage range offers state-of-the art features, including a full-sized self-cleaning oven (convection optional) , high-speed radiant elements or high power sealed gas burners, delayed-start bake / clean, and much more. Match your range with a professional-quality Northstar range hood.
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Technology can be overwhelming, especially when your precious new gadget is outmoded within two years. It seems fair, then, to assume that this generation’s taste for retro culture—be it film, music, or fashion—is a reaction to the constant influx of life-changing technologies.
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What’s ironic about this is that consumer tech itself has given birth to a retro-inspired niche community. Usually, this manifests itself in obnoxious hipster pretenses like writing on a typewriter in Starbucks, listening to a record player in a café, or realizing that it’s actually quite difficult to raise chickens in Brooklyn. However, the style has also lent itself it an interesting design trend—one that most recently appeared in the appliance market.