Man Buys House with Unused and Perfectly Preserved 1950s Kitchen

Talk about a blast from the past! In 2010, furniture designer Nathan Chandler purchased an American home built in the mid 1950s. It was never occupied and the kitchen appliances were kept in mint condition. In fact, they were never used – the original manuals were still taped to them. This unique situation provided Chandler a time capsule to a well-loved design era, and he photographed some of the magnificent details.

The charming kitchen might not be for everyone thanks to its pink decor. Appliances and the countertop are all outfitted in this soft color and accented by sparkling chrome finishes and light-wood cabinets. In addition, there's fantastic, now-retro lettering on the faceplates of the stove and oven. Chandler's trove of antiques are sought-after pieces today, and he put parts of it (like the washboard sink) for sale back when he bought the place.

Nathan Chandler: Flickr
h/t: [LiftBump]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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