16 January 2017

Come Together

While there are two distinctly different styles present, there is harmony in this kitchen. Without the ornamented interior architecture, the contemporary elements—the diaphanous light fixture and crisp cabinets—would sit in a space with little character or detail. It's a small reminder of how, sometimes, it's possible to bridge the gap between opposing forces. gedcucine.it

13 January 2017

On Ice

I hesitate to say it, but there's just one thing that comes to my mind whenever I see these 1950s fridges: they look like they'd be better suited for the morgue than the kitchen. Despite their impossibly limited capacity—combined, the freezer and cooler offer less than 15 cubic feet of storage—I can't shake the impression that I've seen them in old TV shows like Dragnet and Quincy.

12 January 2017

Live Wire

I think the Line door handle demonstrates that minimalism can have richness and soul. According to its creator, an alum of the Design Academy Eindhoven, the 28-inch length of sinuous brass represents a pulse of movement in an otherwise static stripe. jeroenvandegruiter.nl

11 January 2017

Hot Stuff, Indeed

'Dry flat': That particular fabric care directive is easier said than done, right? At best, it is a slow, inefficient, and space-consuming process. Making that a thing of the past is the FlexDry, which bundles a front-loading tumble dryer and a controlled-heat, enclosed drying rack into a single appliance. While two-in-one washers have been around for a while [and one is offered as a mate to FlexDry], that double-duty functionality has gone missing from dryers—until now. samsung.com

10 January 2017

Throwback Tuesday

KBIS—the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show—opened its doors today, showcasing what's new in appliances, fittings and fixtures, and cabinets. Because I'm in a contrary mood [and may be for the next four years], I'm featuring this ultra-retro-look, blued-brass cooktop. There are gas burners beneath those gleaming copper plates, which serve to moderate the heat distribution. The elemental aspect of the design is quite appealing to me.

[I promise to focus on new-school design tomorrow.] officinegullo.com

09 January 2017

A Cool Kitchen

The greyish white tones, the long-raking winter light—this is a fitting kitchen for January, I think. The room is actually located in a beach house [a cruel taunt of summer during these icy days...]. Unlike the crisp lines of this cabinetry, however, our snow is currently anything but pristine; it's a slushy, sloppy mess. glennreynaert.be

06 January 2017

Nasty Woman, 60s Style

Pantsuit Nation was but a gleam in the eyes of us 'girls' in 1968; back then, we felt more at home in Pucci-print palazzo-legged jumpsuits [coordinating the color with a major appliance was optional]. Fashions have certainly evolved since then, but some boundaries have yet to be broken.