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retro kitchens - "kitchen nostalgia or shredder material #3"

So, here we are with our third installment of "nostalgia or shredder material", ancient kitchens from the 60s and 70s. This kitchen is "Kansas-in-Oz (see the tilted electrical pole in the window-somehow it reminded me of it) meets the Jetsons". As much of the design (seen at decor8) blogosphere is tuning into the color green right now, (also as seen at desire to inspire) and at Design Sponge, plus Happy Mundane and, as we are 4 days away from spring (forgetting the ice storm we had last night) it seemed like a good idea (not to mention, it's St. Patrick's Day) to listen to the pulse and go back to a green kitchen, an entirely different definition of green than we live with now!










OK, so now to pick apart comment on this kitchen. Here's my take:

  • The microwave seems unnecessarily high, look at all the white space between the oven and the microwave, they should be closer together, that looks awkward to me
  • As was typical, such a small window over the sink, AND, does the cook not deserve to look out? What if the cook is 4'2" tall? (Maybe the builder was 6'6"!)
  • Something to try to avoid in one's planning, if the dishwasher and oven opened together, they would surely collide
  • The round, white knob and white framing behind the green doors......charming in a high tech way?
  • The extra thick countertop - a bit much, but not so bad!
  • The color.....I'll be right back, excuse me..
  • Plants/cabinetry below the window - truly, a good way to disguise this unsightly heating, and we KNOW the long spider plant is screaming, EARLY 70s!
  • Interesting shelving around the island, not half bad

How about you, what do you think?

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Reader Comments (7)

Ridding the world of resin grapes. This green kitchen reminds my associate and I of the 60's 70's era of the oversized bunch of faux grapes everybody use to have in a fruit bowl or on a coffee table. I remember my aunt had the resin grapes in shades of teal and aqua.

We would like to gather of the resin grapes and ban them from the world. Ha, ha!

March 17, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterlaurie

I don't hate it. That color green is all over the design center in Boston. I do admit it advances kind of fast.Kind of hits you in the face. Perhaps a bit too dynamic.

I am inspired to make a soup with the delicious veggis on the counter.


March 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAbbeyK

It looks like the kitchen has been defaced refaced.

Apple green is not my scene though I do think they have done alright so far.

Ooooh! Just noticed the glass chopping board insert in the island bench. Haven't seen one of those in a while. (thank goodness)

March 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKitchen Designer

That's really funny, I totally forgot about the glass cutting board (wow) and thought it was another cooktop surface and I just couldn't see the inlaid burners! I was going to comment on it and forgot. I wonder why people don't use glass cutting boards anymore....


March 18, 2007 | Unregistered Commentersusan

I don't hate it either. In fact it has a kitch mod feel that I kind of like. If I bought this house I could live with this for several years before wanting a change.So very Brady.

April 22, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

I love this kitchen. There is very little I would change. It was ahead of its time and can transition easily.

November 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Hedge

Interesting point of view, John Hedge. In some ways, it was ahead of its time, I agree, to a point! :)

November 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

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