There are many great things when looking back to the 1950s (well depending on who you ask). The coronation of the queen, the baby boom, poodle skirts, swing dresses and quiffed hair dos. Not to mention the fabulous cars to have hit our cobbled roads too. The 50s seems to be a theme we still get heavily involved in. Fancy dress, reoccurring fashions and hairstyles, vintage car keeping and kitchen appliances. Smeg kitchen appliances to be precise.
Smeg have been making appliances for over 60 years, filling kitchens with widely regarded tasteful and elegant products which combine effortlessly to compliment moods and styles. Whatever moods and styles they may be. Fan or not, it is hard to deny the quality of these products and the popularity for anyone wanting a retro themed kitchen.
So let’s have a bit of a history lesson. Due to the radical change in social structures, lifestyles, families and living patterns Smeg were inspired to develop products that were designed to meet new technological demands and revolutionise home living. It seems that domestic appliances were seen as a status symbol to be proud of and were changing lifestyle habits which obviously made housework easier and less time consuming (something even now we love to benefit from). Smeg launched one of the earliest gas cookers complete with automatic switch on, oven safety valve and cooking programmer back in the late 1950s. Shortly after that in 1963 they introduced their first dishwasher and laundry range and then… drum roll please… Smeg introduced a world first in 1970 which was a 60cm dishwasher with 14 place settings (bet you didn’t know that fact!). Then as the years went on and the 1990s came about, Smeg had added even more products to its various lines including, sinks, hoods and coloured retro 50s refrigerators (my favourite… well they were). Little did they know they would become iconic items all over the world. I am slightly impressed by this little bit of history I must admit.
So Monday morning I walked into the showroom for the first time (I’m new to AC 🙂 ) and saw Smeg small appliances. Yes, that is right, Smeg now do small ‘domestic’ appliances. Cute pastel colours of pink, green, blue, and the obvious black, grey and cream. 2 slice toasters, 4 slice toasters, kettles, stand mixers, blenders, the star characters for any kitchen. Now you don’t need to be a chef to use these products, but if you do like to dabble in a bit of baking here and there I would say the coloured stand mixer may be for you. Curved and compact these small products ensure you perform to an excellent standard in all stages of your food preparation. I guess if you can’t cook, at least they’ll look good in your kitchen anyway.
Let’s have a little bit of a product run down, being as Smeg insist these products have powerful personalities to match their excellent performance.
Ok so the Smeg blender (this is now my new favourite, but I do love a good blender so it’s a given). I can agree with Smeg on this one ‘strong visual impact’, which actually with a matching toaster and kettle, maybe even a cheeky fridge would make any kitchen pop with colour and character. This Smeg blender has 0.4 speed settings with pre-set programs and is quite distinctive when it comes to the 50s retro Smeg design. So you can make those characteristic smoothies full of taste and vibrancy in a blender with equal character and colour.
This one is the unmistakeable touch of Smeg, with an explosion of colour in any kitchen. It’s style and design is a great tribute to the 1950s and is real pop culture in a rounded and compact form. It is electric and I guess it does what every other electric kettle does, boils water and makes the perfect cup of tea but at least with this design you will be making those cups of tea with nothing but style. You’ll be insisting coffee morning with your friends is at yours from now on.
A bright and curvaceous design that adds plenty of creativity to any kitchen. When it comes to the first details of your day to day a perfect slice of toast can be the deciding factor between a good or bad morning. This Smeg toaster has 6 browning levels for the perfect toast, so you can really get your version of the ‘perfect’ slice whether it’s slightly toasted or borderline barbecued. Whatever suits you.
This is the appliance for those of you who like to dabble into the world of cooking. See yourself as a bit of a chef? Well this is no doubt the right design and technology for you. A great combination of excellent performance and unmistakeable style. With 10 speeds all with a soft start this mixer gives functionality and precision. The perfect addition to any 50s retro styled kitchen.
The collection of small domestic appliances has been designed to optimise the cooking environment as well as adding an extra level to aesthetics and performance in the kitchen, giving you the best kitchen to be proud of.
You’ll be very pleased to know I’m sure, that we have the small appliances range at Appliance City for winning prices! Want help getting all the right appliances for your 50s retro styled kitchen? Get more information from a member of our team – give us a call we’re always happy to help 🙂
What do you think to the new Smeg small appliance range?
Would you add these appliances to your kitchen?
Which colour in the range do you like best?