Retro Home Appliances

A look at some of the most stylish kitchen pieces ever designed.

In the 1950’s we were a low-tech society that embraced new appliances. Today we’re a high-tech one with a thing for candles. Or maybe we are a high-tech society that likes reminders of the past, and these appliances represent the very best of the 1950s.

Atomic Espresso Maker
Designed in Italy in 1946 this machine really was named after the atomic bomb. They went out of production during the 80’s, but experienced a major comeback in popularity in the early 90’s. Hand-made from a specially processed aluminium, the classic design features the heat-resistant red Bakelite knob and most importantly makes the very best cappuccinos!

Smeg Refrigerator
In a classic case of what’s old is new again, this refrigerator is a beautiful retro design by Italian manufacturer Smeg. A large, linear chrome handle opens the single, right-handed door – but that is where the 1950s reminiscence ends. Inside are glass crystal quick-chill shelves, an adjustable tropically rated thermostat, automatic cyclic defrost refrigeration and chrome wine bottle racks.

Kitchenaid Mixer
A relatively new product also in the retro style, but the design of the piece is all that it has borrowed from the past. Manufactured in Ohio, USA, it is loaded with features and has enough power to whip up a storm.

Dualit Toaster
Gleaming, sturdy and tough as old boots, Dualit toasters are recognised as the best in the world. Designed in 1946 by engineer Max Gort-Barten, they are still hand-made to the original standard. Featuring a manual eject leaver (so bread won’t pop up but is kept warm inside) and a pull-out crumb tray for easy cleaning, the Dualit can turn out hundreds of crisp, golden slices per hour. A classic for the 21st century.

Philippe Starck Juicy Salif (citrus juicer)
French interior designer Philippe Starck designed this citrus juicer in 1990 for Alessi. Made out of aluminium resembling a creature from “War of the Worlds”, the simplistic design is a lesson in sophistication. Its long legs are not just design savvy, they are long in length so that a tall glass fits neatly underneath to collect the squeezed juice. Easy to clean and incorrodable, this stylish piece will last forever.

Atlas Pasta Maker
First made by Otello Marcato in 1938, this pasta maker is one of the best. Made from stainless steel, this machine is for those that like that old fashioned mechanical element in their lives. In an age where most people can hardly fathom how their supermarket food was produced, this is a stylish reminder of the past, with huge reward for your effort.

Equipment and Suppliers:

Bon Trading Co.
12–14 Oxford St,
Woollahra 2025
Tel. 9371 9052
  • Atomic Espresso Maker ($385)

2 Baker St,
Tel. 9384 5678
  • Smeg Fridge ($3,500)
    David Jones
    • Dualit Toaster ($400)

    • Atlas Pasta Maker ($120)

    • Kitchenaid Mixer (approx $550)

    60 Justin St,
    Tel. 9555 7277
    • Philippe Starck Juicy Salif ($120)


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