Thursday, April 12, 2012

On The Subject Of Refrigerators


It's funny how your mind jumps all over the place when you're scheming a house.... from the roofline and eaves... to the front path stone and pool orientation. To pool house or not? Wainscoting panels or vj's? Wallpaper in the bedrooms? All the big questions.  Last night, it was kitchens... well fridges... to be exact. I was searching for a picture, of something so unrelated to kitchens, for a client and got distracted by fridges. It's delicious... to have distractions again.... distractions that just aren't important... if you know what I mean.


So my thoughts last night were (specifically) all over glass-doored fridges. Important, because if I could ever have one in my kitchen, I wouldn't be sticking it in the pantry, like last time. It would be a feature.... so I would have to design the kitchen around it.




Oooh, now there's a thought... 'a scissor truss kitchen'! Hmmm.
I digress.


The limitation of course .... is cost.... and the Australian distribution is rather limited.... unless you go commercial. I think there is only one 'half-glassed-doored' domestic option out there with the Sub Zero tag on it. Please correct me if I am totally wrong. That would be nice. Has anyone sourced a commercial glass- doored fridge for their kitchen? Is it really a 'domestic glass-doored fridge wasteland' out here in Australia?



Oooooh, I love them. What do you think? Love 'em or hate 'em? Wine or food? You'd have to keep things a bit tidy!

Happy Thursday! We are savouring the last few 'snippets' of school holidays before we get back into it all next week. My boys are at the stage of wanting to just relax at home now... and do nothing but play with the lizards, zombie out on computer games (before they are banned for the term... mean mother) and run in packs with the neighbourhood kids..... skateboards, bikes, nerf guns... you know the drum. #boys

:)
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35 comments:

  1. Oh I do like a glass front fridge and WILL have one for my next kitchen but Im not sure it will be on display. Im yet to be conviced that they are that pretty although your pic's put up a good arguement. Have a fantastic thursday. Enjoy the day and your lovely ones. XD

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  2. Exactly, the tidiness issue came into my mind when we were hunting for our new fridge but as you say there's a paltry collection to chose from.
    I think many folk underestimate the significance of a fridge design/size in their kitchen plan. We designed our kitchen around a table and the fridge model I had chosen.
    The S/S model I bought I treat like a piece of furniture and keep it shiny using a special cleaner. After all a fridge takes up a fair whack of space so it should look pleasing to the eye.
    I never realised I could be excited writing about a fridge! lol
    xx

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  3. The only way a glass door fridge would work in my pace would be if no one else was allowed to touch it or I lived alone. The fridge in our place is always a mess. Piled higgldy pigglety with bits and pieces, leftover and containers.

    Would love a glass front fridge just for drinks though. :)

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  4. I got distracted by the cabinets in those kitchens... Oh for a black island bench..(sigh!). I feel glass doors are for people with 'display' kitchens ( order food in and don't really use their kitchen like we do) ; they're a bit romantic... It'd just b something else I'd have to keep tidy. That's the reason I wouldn't get one. Now.... As a wine fridge at the end of an island bench... I WOULD go for that:-)
    Thx for sharing- have a beautiful day...

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  5. My own lustful yearning is for two mirror-image fridge-freezers, for symmetry and storage. Where do you put the messy stuff if your fridge has a glass door?

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  6. I am thinking.. if the goodies inside are messy, does it really matter? I think it would be quite artistic! Everyone knows whats in a fridge. I think I would keep mine deliberately messy to make a point that it doesn't have to be tidy and 'on display' just because it's glass fronted. I have rebel in me now I think! A-M xx

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  7. They're lovely and stylish A-M, and look terrific in a magazine photo shoot, but to be honest I wouldn't have one. I don't want to be tied to keeping it tidy. It's all too much hard work. Now, a glass door wine fridge under the bench? That's another matter. I REALLY want one of them.
    Lesley
    xx

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  8. You could probably carry it off because you're a naturally tidy family.
    Now don't laugh but another reason I couldn't live with a glass front is because of the different colours showing through the doors. In my wholly black & white kitchen sensibilities that would drive me nuts. I know...I'm mad.
    A wine fridge is another matter, they look fab.
    This is a great post A-Me, gets us talking about design stuff, love it.
    xx

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  9. I'm having to admit to being way to anal in the tidy and more importantly, colour-matching department, for the glass front to work! The children would have to eat the yoghurt which matched the green apples, rather than being flavour-specific!! Sad, I know! But I do love them, and husband is in the process of buying one in bar fridge size for the deck - glass fronts for drinks I can definitely manage!! But I admire others for being able to embrace it, so I say go for it, and be rebellious and let your milk labels clash with your yoghurt!!!
    Enjoy the holiday sunshine, isn't it beautiful?! Beck xx

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  10. Love the last one but I just don't think I would fill it. Since my boys left home, I've been into buying as I need and consequently my fridge often looks a little sad. But maybe I could have one without the glass doors!? I think they look amazing.

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  11. I think they look lovely in the photos. In my house - not so much.

    I wouldn't cope with messy unfortunately and it would annoy me that I would have to clean the glass on the inside and the outside....

    I love glass fronted cupboards and have some that I keep tidy looking stuff in.

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  12. hmmmmm Ok so LOVE to have a wine fridge with glass doors. For the regular fridge, I too have a tidiness issue...ho hum. But I think perhaps smoked glass would help out with this issue, and look kind of sexy too? Regardless,I think fridges should be a feature in a kitchen as I am always cooking, and in & out of the fridge constantly.
    Gorgeous dreamy pics A-M!
    Lisa

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  13. Oooh A.M I love these fridges you have got by heart racing they are delicious, I could choise what I wanted before I opened & not have the beep beep sound going knowing I am letting the hot QLD air get inside.

    Thats it next kitchen I'll be copying (if I can of course) I am sure that price tag is high so I will dream for know thanks heaps for sharing :)) x

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  14. I hate surprises, and would love to have dinner at a friend's place who have a glass door fridge. That way I would know what is for dessert, if anything at all, and would either save myself for it or eat accordingly :)

    However, I would not want to have a glass door fridge myself as I prefer to keep my guests guessing and keep dessert as a surprise :)

    B

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  15. Love them, I would just end up putting stuff in nicer snap boxes etc so looked a little neater but not show home..

    Have you looked in the eBay Commercial Section? I think other than that you are sourcing fro the big guys that do the fit outs but my girlfriend used one and looked fab and wasnt that expensive after all x

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  16. What an interesting discussion A-M! I'm as interested in reading everyone's comments as I was with your post. The photos you added were very beautiful and convincing of the design merit but I'm not a joiner in this instant. The rest of the family & I are simply too messy to have it all on display. I think it would look fantastic in an industrial themed space but otherwise I prefer to 'hide' where possible, the chunky stuff! I think the price for these are exhorbident too. I'd rather have a commercial, walk-in cool room off a pantry and a modest fridge seamlessly built into cabinetry at hand for the same moolah! (What I dream of for 'the next' house!) LOL!
    Enjoy mooching with your boys; we had an all day PJ and marathon movie day; in bed, here yesterday as it was so cold. x KL

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  17. Hi Love the top fridge and the bottom fridge although the bottom one would probably suit my clean and neat freak personality better.xx Nataliexx.

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  18. The business of keeping it tidy and neat would drive me insane so not only do I not want a glass door I want one that is disguised as a cupboard!!!!! I really hate the look of a fridge and I keep sticking things on the door which makes it look worse!!!!!!!!
    But in saying that I am absolutely positive that somehow A-M you would make it look perfect!!!!! xx

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  19. I really can't stand them. I guess I'm far to messy to think looking at a fridge full of leftovers and random bits of food would look good. My other problem with them is that even if they are all neat and tidy seeing all that food is visual overload. I would far rather see a nice clean fridge surface. I'm sure that is so completely boring, but that's what I think! I have to say you did find some lovely images for your post.

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  20. I love this look! The commercial fridge looks great too. I quite like the half glass one in the bottom picture. Very snazzy, but I bet very 'spenny too.

    Much as i loved your butler's pantry spot for the fridge, i will love this 'outed' one just as much.

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  21. Love them and even better is if you get one and I can live vicariously through you as it is beyond my budget I'm thinking. Seriously if they started selling them tomorrow at a similar price as the others I would have one. The mess factor strangely doesn't bother me, maybe it just needs to be placed on a side section of the kitchen still on view but not the first thing you see coming into the kitchen? Great discussion.

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  22. I'm completely OTT when it comes to the inside of my fridge...everything is organised, labels all facing the front, drinks in a row etc etc...so for me, a glass door fridge is my idea of total heaven. My folks have one of those huge glass door wine fridges (as shown in image one) and it's certainly a talking point. I say go for it!

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  23. great minds think alike - fridges! I actually posted about fridges last night! More than happy to go fridge shopping with you anytime :)

    Rachael

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  24. I found a double sliding glas doors fridge and was beyond excitement to use it in our new home when we built...even had a niche built so that it would fit in perfectly. It lasted less then three weeks in that dedicated area in the kitchen, it is now in the garage where we keep wine, drinks and bulk items like watermelon, or even a whole tray fit in complete with plated deserts etc when entertaining. The sliding doors are a great plus. But sadly I could not live with the "messy" inside. i thought it would not bother me, but it did. We have a walk in freezer room with glass fronted door, in what we refer to as the butlers kitchen, so it is out of sight from the main kitchen, but the glas door shows each and every handprint...and NOT easy to clean since the cold seems to "freeze" over the marks and therfore never the perfectly clean glass one would imagine. Choices oh dear, it is such fun! Colx

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  25. A holiday house we stayed in had a wall of three glass fronted fridges. They looked fab. Unfortunately, condensation forms on the inside of the door from opening/closing & everytime we opened the door, water slid down the glass and dripped to the floor. We ended up having to keep towels on the floor so we didn't slip & break our necks! Such a shame as they really did look wonderful.

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  26. I think they're lovely, but my family are utter PIGS, so it would be a "no in my kitchen. :(

    Now I'm distracted by those twin shiny ovens in the first photo....

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  27. Love glass door fridges, but after using two of them at a holiday house I definitely wouldn't get one. After repeated opening & closing, condensation forms on the inside of the door. This then splashes to the floor everytime you open the door. We ended up having to keep towels underneath them so we didn't slip & break our necks! Such a shame as they looked amazing.

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  28. Oh, they sure do look good! Is there any difference in energy rating, do you think, between these and the solid door type? I think using uniform containers for food, etc, would be enough to keep it looking pretty good. I like your fresh ideas, that, sadly, I never seem to have. Keep 'em coming.

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  29. Hi A-M
    I remember having a discussion re these fridges with you late last year. Ahh... if I had a spare $25K, I would definitely be getting one of these babies from Subzero. They are my absolute fav fridge - and being shallower than most of the others (ie only 60cm deep) you are less likely to "lose" things at the back. For all the neat freaks, they come with a solid door option too.

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  30. I think they are incredibly sexy!! I love them...where have they been all my life? I think you have to go for it and get one. I think I would like the light inside to be always on despite the door being open or closed so it gives off a lovely glow to the kitchen. Maybe they do this already ...I admit this is new territory for me. Of course I would want to put my milk and juice in lovely glass bottles. Go for it!

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  31. I don't even drink alcohol but the wine fridge in the first photo is AMAZING - I want it! We also looked in to getting an industrial glass fronted fridge but as you said the options are limited here in Australia. Good luck with it.

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  32. I like them as a wine fridge but not for use every day. The mishmash of colours would drive me to drink. (Which is where the wine fridge would come in handy.)
    Have fun choosing.
    Sharyn

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  33. I'd prefer something built-in, same goes for dishwasher. Appliances may be a necessity, but they are not necessarily pretty.

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  34. I bought a glass fronted fridge for my husband to use in the Bar area. Looks great, but the condensation and water on the floor is a real issue. One to think about. Maybe domestic glass fronted fridges are different to the commercial fridges?

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  35. Fridges should neither be seen nor heard, so off to the pantry out of sight I reckon. If I did the glass fronted jobbo I'd feel I'd morphed into Maria at the corner deli, always disappearing around the back of the fridges to restock the milk shelf.
    Millie xx
    P.S. Have seen your pantry from The House repinned a zillion times on Pinterest. Geez that design was really awesome you clever chook.

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx