[Design & Staging] Life After Stainless Steel

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Bodum toaster, Viking mixer, Nespresso espresso machine, Oxo tea kettle
Viking refrigerator and sealed burner gas range

One of our readers had a good question regarding an alternative to stainless steel, so I decided to do some research.  It's interesting, I have just began to notice some colored appliances, but evidently it first re-surfaced as early as 2002 or 2003. 
Viking Range Corp. among a few other appliance makers dabbled with colors to little success initially, producing only 1-2% of its overall sales.  Now with a bigger effort to push colors, combined with the tiring stainless steel look, I'm sure we'll be seeing some bold colors in more kitchens.  Colored appliances were first made in the 1950's.  Just like fashion, good trends tend to be cyclical; this is one retro trend I welcome with open arms!  If I dare to project what's the next frontier in the appliances department, I would say textures.  How cool would it be to have a mock croc refrigerator?


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