Wrapping up this loosely Easter-themed week, I offer you a crocus-colored kitchen. The expansive cooktop/island—on legs, no less!—is especially advanced for 1959, even as the post-war designers were revisiting streamlined forms. A particularly wacky detail is the ceiling-mounted ventilation hood; installed improbably high above the burners, it's doubtful it would clear the air effectively. And how about the way the purple pales into lavender in the upper register of the room....
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.