Vintage character Hero of the casual kitchen – in an eclectic, seaside or shabby chic home interior, Smeg freestanding retro-styled cookers and refrigerators take centre stage Above: This pared-back kitchen highlights a return to a simpler time, before furniture pieces were replaced by built-in cabinetry. The gradual layering of items in such a kitchen adds to its eclectic charm. But there are two key elements in this kitchen that demand attention – a black enamel Smeg Victoria freestanding cooker and matching Smeg FAB10H refrigerator. Nostalgia influences many aspects of our lives, including the way we live and the materials and items we choose for our homes. This is a key reason the vintage look is always in vogue, even though it is a world away from sleek finishes, custom-designed cabinetry and integrated appliances. Cupboards, tables and shelving may rarely match, but they work together to convey a nostalgic sense of the past. But there is usually one hero piece that anchors the space visually, and in many homes this is a Smeg freestanding retro-styled cooker or refrigerator – or maybe both. search | save | share at trendsideas.com Vintage styling teamed with 21st-century technology is the key to their popularity. The FAB28 and FAB10H refrigerators, for example, have all the charm of a ’50s refrigerator but feature automatic defrost, crystal quick-chill shelves and a tropical rating. The FAB10H is an underbench model in black, red and panna that makes an ideal drinks refrigerator. The FAB28, with a capacity of 271 litres, is well suited to family needs. This refrigerator is available in a multitude of colours, ranging from strong primaries to soft gelato shades, denim and a black velvet matt finish.