A ramble through domestic history in the 20th Century
A look through a 1936 catalogue issued by Peerless Kitchen Cabinets Ltd of Greenford Middlesex in 1936, “the largest and foremost manufacturers of Built-in Kitchen Furniture. ”
Peerless claim they “were the original advocates of Kitchen planning and hte pioneers in England of Built-in Kitchen Furniuture standardised in sectional units. The Kitchen systems introduced by them have permanently effected the Architecture of the Kitchen. This progress in design is a scientific one and not a temporary satisfying of craving for change.”
The mention of “scientific” design is typical of this era – everything was about the modern, the new, the scientific. There was a faith in the new world and the changes science and technology could bring and people were seeing everything in terms of how application of science could improve people’s lives. Le Corbusier’s famous quote, “The house is a machine for living in” is perhaps the ultimate expression of this.
The standard colours these kitchens were available in was: Cream No 1, Cream No 3, Cream No 6, Peerless Green, Adams Green, Spring Green, Peerless Blue, Jubilee Blue, Margaret Rose, Beige.
Unsurprisingly these fitted kitchens most commonly found their place as part of modern flat developments.
As recommended by Lever Bros – more about Port Sunlight here …
A Breakfast Nook (“constructed in the finest quality Columbian Pine”)
“The cost of a complete Breakfast Nook which includes: Cooler Unit, China Cupboard, Cutlery Drawers, Storage Shelves, Ironing Board, Broom Cupboard, Duster Drawers, Large Folding Table, Folding Seats, Dry Goods Shelves, is from £16 14s 10d (subject to terms)”
Cost for the flush panelled version of Unit 1030 – £13 18s 6d
M151 – the undersink refrigerator unit – could be yours for £2 4s 6d
The combined unit 590IB would set you back £11 14s 6d