Separating paneled built in fridge units with detailed custom features hides appliances behind a furniture look.
A built in fridge and freezer may or not be hidden behind wood panels although the lack of visible hinges and grilles is a plus. Though not always. The idea with built ins often is to create a different look in the kitchen. That can be achieved by installing the fridge units (or fridge and freezer) adjacent to each other or by separating them in a unique way with some type of storage between the refrigeration units.
Honey-color pine (beautiful knots and all) was used to create a kitchen armoire that houses a pair of integrated Sub-Zero refrigerators with freezer storage drawers below. A stack of apothecary style drawers sits between the units — or appears to. One has to wonder if they are truly individual working drawers or mixture of drawers and false fronts. Either way, I like the design and the use of various pulls and finishes that make this piece unique as a freestanding piece of “furniture” that happens to conceal refrigerators.
A set of three built in columns was created to look like a single freestanding piece that combines old and new. This look is a specialty of Chicago kitchen designer Mick DeGiulio. In between a pair of narrow freezer columns is a wide all- fridge unit, concealed behind the faux apothecary style door — the single large handle is the telltale sign. The wood casing that houses all three units continues over and down the sides and the illusion of furniture in the center section is provided by wooden feet built out in front of the toe kick. I didn’t get the memo about placing an ornate plaque in a niche above the fridge units. While that may have something to do with venting, I find them to distract from the seemingly freestanding units. I would much rather see large pieces of pottery or baskets — or better yet, nothing at all.
(Sources: Designing Your Dream Home, Decorati)
Don’t miss Refrigeration in Disguise and Refrigeration in Disguise II for more ideas as well as Baking Pantry in Disguise.
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