Over the years, fads in refrigerator design have brought us shelves that rotate and elevate—but this is my first encounter with a pull-out pantry feature. I do wonder, though, if this 1957 Coldspot fridge was really so deep as to require such a device; from the look of things, a standard-size watermelon fills up the shelf quite handily. In a way, this model is the appliance ancestor of the drawer-style units we have today; the 'Family Food Center' just escaped from the cooler compartment and adopted a horizontal orientation under the counter.
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.