Art Deco kitchen - appliances advice

Refridgeration
Ovens & Ranges
Extractors
Things to avoid

The opening question has to be what do you want your final kitchen to look like ? You may not know the layout yet, final materials, etc., but you should have a feel for what you are trying to achieve. Everything follows this. Read again our introduction to Art Deco kitchens. It's like putting together a large jigsaw.

This page is intended to offer you a guide to appliances suitable to recreating Deco style kitchens. It is just a general discussion of some of the main types of applainces. We do not discuss specific models or technical pros & cons. We don't discuss smaller appliances, such as microwaves, coffee machines, wine coolers, etc. Just treat this as a guide to get you thinking about how your choice of appliances affect the style of the kitchen.

On this page I will offer some thoughts & advice on the appliances you should be considering for the kitchen. You can either trawl the web yourself looking at endless sites of appliances, if you have the time & energy, or we can do this as part of our service.

It is important to choose your appliances early on in the design process, as they affect the whole design. The kitchen furniture is usually built to take the appliances your specify. A visible extractor should match to the kitchen style; ie a kitchen with with straight lines needs a squarish linear looking extractor; a kitchen with some angled units could maybe have an angled hood, a kitchen with curves etc..

We'll discuss budgets on another page. Suffice to say budget plays a large part in the choice of appliances. For eg, a good Gaggenau oven can cost 10 times the price of the cheapest trade oven/hob/extractor pack. And everything in between.

A key question to ask; do you want the appliances visible or discreet / integrated. Do you want to use retro appliances that draw more attention, with some striking colours among those on offer ? Remember the coolest appliance of 1930 can look badly dated now. Also, they tend to be fusier in design with more cleaning required.

Or do you prefer a more streamlined look, with as many appliances hidden as possible? I think the latter is the better approach, for 2 reasons. 1st a more streamlined look is more Deco in style; if they could have integrated everything then they would have. Times move on, and we all prefer cleaner looking interiors today. Fridge freezers & ranges might be exceptions to this.




Refridgeration;
Kitchen built under integrated fridge kitchen fridge drawers kitchen fridge drawers
Kitchen built under counter top appliances Kitchen American style fridge freezer Kitchen American style fridge freezer

Refridgeration - Options;-

Built under countertop fridges & freezers, top LH, are neatly disguised with a matching kitchen door. They solve a problem neatly, although I think they are a hassle to bend down to get things inside.

Fridge drawers are a better solution to a built under fridge, but more expensive. They do allow a more stremlined look, especially if you continue the drawer line on adjacent units. They are easy to access all the produce.

Tall integrated fridge freezers offer a lot of storage and can be neatly disguised behind furniture doors.

American style fridge freezers. Whether free standing or built into units, they aren't quite right for a Deco kitchen. If you want to / have to use them then so be it. I think the Retro fridge freezers now available do the same job much better in terms of kitchen design.

Retro fridge freezers;-
Retro Kitchen fridge freezer Retro Kitchen fridge freezer Retro Kitchen fridge freezer

Retro Fridge Freezers;-
As usual the type of refridgerator depends on the style of kitchen you are aiming to recreate. However, these retro fridge freezers have a lot going for them in terms of recreating a Deco kitchen. Although everyone thinks of their styling as 1950's, they really look at home in home in a Deco kitchen, whether freestanding or built in between units. There are good ranges of these available in some great colours & sizes.



Ovens & ranges;-
Traditional ranges like this just don't look right for a Deco kitchen More of a linear look about this Modern kitchen ranage cooker stove
Modern kitchen ranage cooker stove Modern kitchen ranage cooker stove

Ovens & Ranges;-
Ranges combine hob with oven cooking in 1 appliance. There are a huge choice of ranges, sizes, colours, finishes. Most of the traditional looking ranges don't look appropriate in a Deco kitchen, as shown in the top LH photo. Contemporary ranges can look much more suitable. Your own preferences will decide what you prefer.

Seperate ovens & hobs allow these to be placed in different areas of the kitchen. These weren't available in the Deco period but can be used sucessfully, and tend to give a cleaner looking streamlined look, see below.

Ovens - built-in & under;-
built under countertop oven built-in ovens in tall units Built-in ovens in mid height units

Retro look cookers;
Retro look Kitchen stove, splashback & extractor Retro look Kitchen orange coloured extractor

Retro look Kitchen orange coloured stove
Retro look Kitchen stove

These retro appliances would really add a period flavour to your kitchen. It depends on the style you are going for in the kitchen. They are not suitable if you are trying to go for a streamlined look. But they do give an immediate authentic look & flavour to a kitchen. They come in several colours. They're probably more 40's or 50's in styling, but close enough to look authentic.

Retro look modern ranges;
Retro look Kitchen stove, splashback & extractor Retro look Kitchen orange coloured extractor Retro look Kitchen stove, splashback & extractor


Extractors
Not something designers of the period had to deal with, but now a necessity in any modern kitchen. A key point in choosing an extractor is the extraction rate; it should be able to replace the air in a given size room X numbers of times in an hour. Next consideration - will the extractor be ducted out of the house or be re-circulating? Externally ducted is always better, but sometimes this isn't possible/practical. If it is ducted externally, then it either has to be ducted straight out thru the exterior wall behind or hidden above wall units/taken into the ceiling void & out. Or for downdraft extractors possibly hidden in/under the floor.

Lets start by stating what isn't appropriate; most of those 'feature' chimney extractors seen in kitchens these days. But if you want an island hob then maybe a ceiling mounted extractor might be ok. There a few chimney style extractors that might look ok against a wall. I'll show some examples at the bottom.

Ones to avoid;
kitchen chimney extractor stainless steel kitchen pull open integrated extractor

While this classic stainless steel chimney extractor on the left looks good in this kitchen, there is nothing Deco about it. So avoid if possible. The integrated pull open extractor on the right could potentially be used, because it is concealed when not in use. However, avoid because they are cheap & crap & you will bang your head on the pulled out door.


If the aim is a hidden extraction system, to give a more streamlined looking kitchen, there are various ways / models to do this with;-

Built under extractors;
Kitchen built under extractor Kitchen built under extractor Kitchen built under extractor

A built under integrated extractor is just about the simplest & cheapest type available, always good news. It is basically a box with a motor mounted into a wall unit bottom, and therefore unseen in the kitchen (unless you look up at it from below). Usually has an on/off switch & maybe 1 -2 lights. The kitchen on the right shows how invisible they are.

Telescopic extractors;
Kitchen built under extractor Kitchen built under extractor Kitchen built under extractor

A telescopic extractor is a similar box with motor, but has a small shelf/ tray that pulls out in front. This can give you a larger area of extraction, and is more controllable as you can slide it in & out to control the rate of extraction, and give yourself more space at head height. It does mean you can see the front edge of the telescopic part, usually 3-4cm ht, & stainless steel, they sit below the unit front. They're reasonably priced. The one on the right is a newer variant of this type; it is curved with a pull out curved glass screen.

Downdraft extractors;
Gaggenau Kitchen downdraft extractor with Domino hobs either side Gaggenau Kitchen downdraft extractor with Domino hobs either side

A Downdraft extractor is an interesting item, and quite expensive. For people who like their designer 'toys'. There are 2 main types; One that sits to the side of the cooking hob, as the one above, or those that sit behind the hob, often called a Backdraft extractor, as the one below.

Side model. This is built into the worktop on 1 side of the hob or between 2 'Domino' cooking units. It sits virtually flush to the worktop when not in use. When required it lifts up & swings round over the cooking area.

Backdraft model. These again sit virtually flush with the worktop when not in use. A press of a button & they rise up & extract fumes away from the hob. Nice neat solution.

Kitchen downdraft backdraft extractor Kitchen downdraft backdraft extractor Kitchen downdraft backdraft extractor

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Retro look extractors;
Retro look Kitchen stove, splashback & extractor Retro look Kitchen orange coloured extractor

Retro look Kitchen orange coloured stove

These retro appliances would really add a period flavour to your kitchen. It depends on the style you are going for in the kitchen. They are not suitable if you are trying to go for a streamlined look. But they do give an immediate authentic look & flavour to a kitchen. They come in several colours. They're probably more 40's or 50's in styling, but close enough to look authentic.

Mixed design extractors;
Siemans Kitchen stepped island extractor hood in stainless steel Fisher & paykell Kitchen island extractor hood in stainless steel Kitchen curved glass extractor hood in stainless steel
Kitchen extractor hood in stainless steel Diner look kitchen extractor in walnut kitchen

These are a few extractors worth mentioning. While I would personally prefer a hidden extractor for a Deco kitchen, there are other more visual models that could fit in. As always it depends on the style of the kitchen which you might opt for. Variants of these are avalable for against a wall or for islands.

Angled extractors;
Kitchen extractor hood in stainless steel Kitchen extractor hood in stainless steel
Kitchen extractor hood in stainless steel Kitchen extractor hood in stainless steel

While these angled extractors aren't overly Deco, their very angled shapes do lend them something of a Cubist look. If you were using some other angled / Cubist elements in the overall kitchen then they would fit in very well. There are lots of variants of these general shapes.

Curved design extractors;
round Kitchen extractor hood in stainless steel round island Kitchen extractor hood in stainless steel
round Kitchen extractor hood in stainless steel round Kitchen extractor hood in stainless steel Elica Tonda Kitchen curved extractor hood in stainless steel

You would probably only use these rounded shape extractors in a kitchen with curves, ie as shown in the top RH kitchen. The round 2 extractors look like they could fit in with a Deco kitchen very well, they have that WOW factor - you could have a matching round induction hob to complete the look. I least like the round wall extractor, bottom RH, but it could look good in the right kitchen.



Some things to avoid !
Dishwasher with a visible control panel White dishwasher with black control panel
Dishwasher with stainless steel door White washing machine in a run of units

Things to avoid:
Some appliances will just kill the Deco kitchen design you're trying to achieve, as this selection show. See the bottom RH kitchen photo. Look how awful a freestanding white appliance stands out & ruins the kitchen design (in this case it is a washing machine, but it could equally have been a dishwasher or fridge). These appliances should all be hidden behind kitchen furniture doors, for a clean streamline look. There are ways to hide a freestanding appliance behind a kitchen door should you wish to keep an existing appliance.

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