Back in the town I grew up in in Wisconsin, there were several of these modest yet cool looking steel paneled homes. There is one next to my old favorite drive-in burger joint (The Spot), so I was able to see the design a little more up-close.
The idea was to have a fairly maintenance-free home, and the panels (inside & out) were porcelain enamel, and never needed painting. The look was clean and modern, and definitely way cooler than the aluminum siding that came into vogue later.
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I’ve always loved the cool chrome legged dinettes from the 1950′s, and the whole scene in this Daystrom ad is very groovy. The table and chairs have a simple yet very nice design, the angle of the table legs really makes it. I love the combo of green colors along with the wood tone, and that modern cabinet is amazing! In the background we see a nice large stove of the day… I would love to see more photos of this kitchen!
The original ad called this dinette “Fashion for Carefree Settings!” The “rugged Daystromite table top whisks clean of spills in a jiffy, winks are scalding coffee and lighted cigarettes.” And it was only $155, back in the day.
While the “candy-cane theme” doesn’t really do it for me, there are some cool things about this kitchen that I do like. First of all, I’d go for a Sea Foam Green on the cabinets, and then a wall color, and flooring to compliment that. Counter tops too, preferably with some subtle yet funky space age design. I love the amount of cabinet space, and the rounded end-island. The radio and toaster on the end-island shelf are ultra sweet. I like the huge sink, classic! And the cook top, separate oven, and presumably a built-in grill… all very cool.
Over in the dining area, the George Nelson Saucer Pendant light is almost the star of this show, but everything works together nicely. The info that came with this photo says the steel cabinets where made by Republic.