It's a three-day weekend here in the States, as we mark the close of summer with Labor Day. Not to clamber up on a soapbox here, but I can't help reflect on the irony of the holiday, with the job market stagnant while income inequity has soared. In 1946—the date of this beautifully rendered appliance advert—the US unemployment rate was 3.9%; today it's about double that figure. But reading the last line ['Design it better, make it better'] of the copy, I do notice one optimistic similarity between these times: A resurgent dedication to quality.
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.