Looking at this ad from 1936, a mini bout of melancholia overtook me. There is such a strong sense of spirit to this stove—indeed, the claim that it 'sets a new world standard of beauty' has merit, regardless of whether or not the style was widely embraced by the populace. It seems to me that with appliance design today, function has held the upper hand over form for too long; innovation in performance has become incremental, rather than sweeping. So I'll look forward to the swing of the proverbial pendulum back toward exciting artistic visions.
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.