Refrigeration disguised by panels makes an ordinary kitchen appliance look like an armoire or a pantry.
Over the past few years, the look of refrigeration has changed. Integrated refrigerators and freezers have progressed from those which take panels to custom, full-blown furniture statements, especially in high end kitchens. The paneled refrigeration trend has been spurred on by open-floor-plan houses where the kitchen is not completely separate and needs to coordinate with the style of adjacent rooms. When the house or furniture has a specific, or unusual style — Asian fusion for example — paneling can be a logical choice.
Chicago’s Mick DeGiulio, who specializes in imaginative, ultra-luxe kitchens, tucked this incredible butternut Asian beauty [top] into a niche. Deftly spotlighted, it features a hand-hammered iron medallion and handles. Each of the four freezer drawers in the showstopping unit is concealed by a quartet of faux curio-cabinet drawer panels, making it one thriller of a chiller.
Another clever and beautiful integrated refrigeration unit was designed by Troy Adams, in L.A. His work fuses Asian with contemporary European ideas. Adams disguised a refrigerator-freezer unit in the style of Tansu – antique Japanese furniture prized for its fine carpentry and joinery, beautiful woods and metal features. Tansu pieces were often used in kitchens. What make Adams’ refrigeration unit different is the installation style. Having it partially protrude from a plain wall, as if it was an actual piece of furniture, helps it make a visual leap from appliance to kitchen furniture and pushes the integrated concept forward.
Some time ago, Jane T, who knows of my passion for appliances, sent me photos of two elaborate Sub Zeros with European-style faux-painted doors.
The first is paint-decorated with classical grotesque motifs and panels are likely vintage cut to adapt to the refrigerator and freezer. This is a great example of a super custom cabinet finishing job.
The other is French provincial style paneled duo in a charming blue color. I call this refrigeration with food for thought.
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(Source: Decorati, Troy Adams Design, internet)
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