If even a 1950s diner look is too modern for your clients, Elmira Stove Works may have what they're looking for. Its 1897 French Door model features panels with an old-fashioned, cast-iron look and can be ordered with brass or copper trim. Up-to-date perks include an ice and water dispenser in the door, a sealed vegetable crisper, and glass shelves. Cutout dimensions for the Energy Star-rated 25.6-cubic-foot appliance are 37 inches by 70 inches by 24 inches. The unit comes in black, white, bisque, and several two-tone schemes; prices start at $4,700. Elmira Stove Works, 800/295-8498, www.elmirastoveworks.com

Orion Creamer and Thom Vernon conceived of the Big Chill retro refrigerator after Vernon and his wife had trouble finding an appliance compatible with their vintage kitchen. The two men decided to buck design trends and design a model that would take center stage instead of blending into the cabinetry. The resulting 20.9-cubic-foot top-freezer...

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