Last week we had Sandy; this week's unwelcome guest was Athena, who dropped a half-foot of snow on our already-battered environs. While we floundered without power for too many days and nights [and some, shockingly, continue to do so], had this Monitor Top fridge been on the scene, life might have been slightly less traumatic. In 1930, the appliance was put through some rather unusual tests—'In the icy waters of the Erie Canal they drowned it! They buried it in a giant tower of ice!'—and it held up to the elements.
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.