'Tis the season for the holiday house-party circuit, where socially well-adapted guests happily mingle in the living room and other public spaces. Others [ahem] congregate in the kitchen, ostensibly 'helping' the host while casting furtive peaks into the refrigerator and cabinets. In 1959, Kelvinator took folks on some virtual visits to three houses; the homeowners were anything but shy in bragging about how the Foodarama fridge enhanced their quality of life. Of their claims, my favorite is 'WE HAVE MORE FUN!' as declared by the Thompson family in the lower left corner. But I'm also impressed by the Green Acres-ish Mr. Anderson [upper right corner], who happily lugs a bushel basket of produce while decked out in a business suit.
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.