This has been a week when some high-profile, conclusion-jumping incidents have made the news: from #IStandWithAhmed to the mistaken identity case of James Blake to the Donald Trump/Carly Fiorina pseudo smack-down, the willingness to judge by appearances has been on full and unfortunate display. It's a story, of course, that goes back much further than this awkward 1935 ad, where the aesthetic merits of a refrigerator—and perhaps its owner, as well—are being appraised at discomfiting range.
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.