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Retro Kitchens - Nostalgia or Shredder Material? #10

Last week, as part of our Saturday series of 60s-70s kitchens, you were lucky to get color...this week, "the quintessential 70s kitchen." We have

  • soffits 
  • pattern on the soffits
  • brown wood
  • cathedral arched doors
  • that little rail molding around the hood
  • pale yellow formica countertops
  • perfectly finished beams spread far apart
  • a tightly patterned floor
  • cabinets over the peninsula

How lovely. And, for extra pattern, we have the brick surfaced island. I must admit, I'm a little intimidated by the iron work on the end of the island. It freaks me out a little.

See where the dishwasher is on the angle? I hope that floor isn't a rug, because the dishes would be dripping from the sink to the corner. What is in between the sink and dishwasher, is a compactor, another favorite appliance from yesteryear. The whole thing looks pretty choppy to me. And, the hood looks out of proportion to the island, too big and boxy, the whole island thing.

But, even though I criticize, I'm sure many people would have loved this kitchen...hey, maybe even me?  :-)  

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Reader Comments (5)

Everything is so confusing in these kitchen designs, soffits/beams every which way, pattern on pattern, it just makes my head spin...and the wrought iron,the pointed arrow looks like a middle finger salute- making the kids scream hey dear wtf's for dinner tonight,the yee old knight is hungry?

May 5, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMichele Lessirard

thank you for the good laugh!

May 5, 2007 | Unregistered Commentersusan

I especially love the arched cut out over the peninsula and sink. Those make a lot of sense to me.
This kitchen is bea-u-tiful!


May 5, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAbbeyK

The iron grate at the end of the brick island looks like the oven in "Hansel and Gretl" - come here little boy...

Too much pattern on pattern is so disturbing. Lord, I hope that was linoleum and not carpet.

Yep. That's the ubiquitous Kitchenaid......um.......Hobart (I had a "senior moment") there in the corner. Time was it was the ONLY dishwasher to own in the U.S. of A.
My Mom had one that went back to the 70's and it was still working fine when we sold her place in 2003.
You're certainly right Susan, there would be quite a drippy mess between sink and dishwasher in this kitchen.
The height of fashion though, in its day.

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