A pink, fully functional 1958 kitchen with an oven and wall-mounted refrigerator has gone viral on TikTok, filling vintage lovers with envy.
The pink kitchen, uploaded by TikTok user and Utah real estate agent @llthomps, quickly garnered over 556,000 views, 71,000 likes, 5,400 saves, and 1,300 comments. did.
Much like the 1960s high school photo that made TikTokers feel like they were born in the wrong era, this all-pink kitchen also makes viewers yearn for the past (at least when it comes to appliances).
Introduced in 1955 as part of GE’s Wonder Kitchen collection, the GE Wall Refrigerator and Freezer comes in six colors that can be used in combination: green, brown, yellow, navy blue, white, and pink (often referred to as “Mamy Pink”). ).
Mamie Eisenhower, President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s first lady from 1953 to 1961, was famous for her love of pink. In fact, during the Eisenhower administration, the White House was often referred to as the “Pink Palace” because it was decorated entirely in pink. Her love of pink is said to have inspired more than 5 million pink bathrooms across the United States.
TikTokers were captivated by Mamie Pink appliances mounted on the wall.
“I would install the latest version of this immediately,” @researchtok commented.
“This kind of consumer electronics innovation needs to happen again,” wrote @oltuffpuss.
“Why did you stop making them?😭🙏 I want one!” @fairy.princess.93 commented.
The exact same GE wall refrigerator/freezer appeared in another TikToker’s video, this time garnering over 2.4 million views.
In the video, @cyberexboyfriend theorizes that electronics brands have moved away from such colorful and innovative designs to appeal to a broader consumer base and save money. Masu.
“What everyone and their mother needs is [a kitchen] …So why do we focus on innovation and creating challenging designs?” he says.
@cyberexboyfriend then walks viewers through some of his favorite examples of “mid-century modern design and innovation” from the 1960s and 1970s, including a 1960s Western Holly built-in range and a Frigidaire Flair with a roll-out burner.
@cyberexboyfriend isn’t the only fan of Frigidaire’s innovative 1960s design.
When TikTok user @chasejosie found a 1960 Frigidaire Flare Custom Imperial Oven consigned to it by its original owner, he decided his modern kitchen needed a vintage upgrade, earning him 1.4 million blows in the process. Obtained the number of views.
Historical footage of an actual 1950s kitchen also went viral on the app when retro account @vintageminds0 uploaded a clip from the 1949 informational film Step-Saving Kitchen.
The video, originally produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, captivated TikTokers and garnered nearly 10 million views after @vintageminds0 uploaded the second part.
“It’s like kitchen design has gone backwards!” @janiesuperfabdiaz commented.
“A time when things were made for quality, not constant sales. 😑,” @vallady87 wrote.
“Architects, home builders, designers, planners – please bring these great ideas back into your home. Please,” @watchingitall commented.
“We need this exact same setup, but with 2025 technology,” @katrinathomas09 added.
While some TikTokers claim that “patriarchy” has caused the brand to move away from pastel-hued appliances, Elle Deco believes that as kitchens become increasingly integrated into home layouts, appliances become more blended. He claims that brands are phasing out ‘Atomic Age’ colors as consumers demand that their furniture look more like modern furniture. with their environment.
When it comes to innovative design, vintage design website Retro Renovation speculates that appliances such as the GE wall refrigerator/freezer disappeared from the market due to cost and size.
Still, judging by the comments of TikTokers, it appears many people are willing to sacrifice space and money for past kitchen design innovations.
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