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10 Easy Pieces: Retro Kitchen Ranges

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10 Easy Pieces: Retro Kitchen Ranges

August 8, 2018

The centerpiece of some of our favorite kitchens is a great big, retro kitchen range—so many of which come in a spectrum of appealing color options. You can buy a newer retro range from brands such as Smeg, invest in one of the greats like Lacanche or Officine Gullo, or source a reconditioned vintage model. Here’s our list of retro ranges: something for everybody and every budget.

N.B.: Lead photograph of Julianne Moore’s La Cornue range in her West Village house photographed by Matthew Williams for Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home.

Named after a village in Burgundy, Lacanche, a family business, has been making stoves and equipment since the 19th century. They offer a range of classic ranges—13 different models—including the Bussy seen here which has six burners and two ovens with three cooking modes. The ranges can all be customized with different colors (Terracotta is shown) and finishes. The Bussy starts at $9,600 but others, such as the Cormatin, start at $6,550 from Lacanche. You can also find reconditioned and former display models for half the price from Lacanche.
Above: Named after a village in Burgundy, Lacanche, a family business, has been making stoves and equipment since the 19th century. They offer a range of classic ranges—13 different models—including the Bussy seen here which has six burners and two ovens with three cooking modes. The ranges can all be customized with different colors (Terracotta is shown) and finishes. The Bussy starts at $9,600 but others, such as the Cormatin, start at $6,550 from Lacanche. You can also find reconditioned and former display models for half the price from Lacanche.
The Northstar Retro-Style Range is a North American range designed in 1947 that’s available as an all-electric or dual-fuel and comes in bright retro colors (including Buttercup Yellow, shown). Northstar ranges start at $4,395 at Elmira Stove Works.
Above: The Northstar Retro-Style Range is a North American range designed in 1947 that’s available as an all-electric or dual-fuel and comes in bright retro colors (including Buttercup Yellow, shown). Northstar ranges start at $4,395 at Elmira Stove Works.

French company La Cornue has been making high-end kitchen ranges since 1908 and offers two main lines, the Cháteau and the Cornufé, which can each be customized by size, feature, and color. The smallest Cháteau range, Cháteau 75 starts at $25,700, and the smallest Cornufé, Cornufé 90 Albertine, starts at $8,100.
Above: French company La Cornue has been making high-end kitchen ranges since 1908 and offers two main lines, the Cháteau and the Cornufé, which can each be customized by size, feature, and color. The smallest Cháteau range, Cháteau 75 starts at $25,700, and the smallest Cornufé, Cornufé 90 Albertine, starts at $8,100.
The Aga Cooker has been the gold standard in Britain since 1929. Shown here is the Aga Traditional Cast Iron Range Cooker with three ovens starting at £11,020 from Aga Living. For more on Aga ranges, see our posts Design Sleuth: Classic Aga Cookers and Object Lessons: The Great British Range Cooker.
Above: The Aga Cooker has been the gold standard in Britain since 1929. Shown here is the Aga Traditional Cast Iron Range Cooker with three ovens starting at £11,020 from Aga Living. For more on Aga ranges, see our posts Design Sleuth: Classic Aga Cookers and Object Lessons: The Great British Range Cooker.
Big Chill makes a French-looking 30-Inch Classic Stove (shown) with custom colors and finishes for $4,995 as well as the American style 30-Inch Retro Stove for $4,595.
Above: Big Chill makes a French-looking 30-Inch Classic Stove (shown) with custom colors and finishes for $4,995 as well as the American style 30-Inch Retro Stove for $4,595.

Rayburn Cookers are made in the UK of 70 percent recycled material and come in different models including an oil-fired cooker, central heating, wood-burning, and gas cooker. They’re available through Walter Dix & Co.
Above: Rayburn Cookers are made in the UK of 70 percent recycled material and come in different models including an oil-fired cooker, central heating, wood-burning, and gas cooker. They’re available through Walter Dix & Co.

Italian company Ilve makes both the Nostalgie and Majestic series of retro-style ranges with different options for color, finish, and grill tops. The Majestic Range prices start at $4,999 at AJ Madison.
Above: Italian company Ilve makes both the Nostalgie and Majestic series of retro-style ranges with different options for color, finish, and grill tops. The Majestic Range prices start at $4,999 at AJ Madison.
Smeg’s Victoria Cooker, shown in cream, is the company’s offering of retro-style ranges. The cookers come in different sizes with several options for oven type and finish available through Smeg.
Above: Smeg’s Victoria Cooker, shown in cream, is the company’s offering of retro-style ranges. The cookers come in different sizes with several options for oven type and finish available through Smeg.
The cast iron Esse Cooker from England is available in a range of color options and oven combinations. The Esse CAT 905mm Flueless Gas Cooker, shown, is priced around £5,900 through Walter Dix & Co., who also offer display ovens for a lesser price. The ovens can be sourced directly through Esse as well.
Above: The cast iron Esse Cooker from England is available in a range of color options and oven combinations. The Esse CAT 905mm Flueless Gas Cooker, shown, is priced around £5,900 through Walter Dix & Co., who also offer display ovens for a lesser price. The ovens can be sourced directly through Esse as well.
Handmade in Florence, Italy, the Officine Gullo Grand Villa is made of heavy gauge stainless steel and solid brass. The company offers a pro cooking line, home professional ranges (such as the Grand Villa), and custom ranges. Prices for the Grand Villa start at $23,000 from Officine Gullo.
Above: Handmade in Florence, Italy, the Officine Gullo Grand Villa is made of heavy gauge stainless steel and solid brass. The company offers a pro cooking line, home professional ranges (such as the Grand Villa), and custom ranges. Prices for the Grand Villa start at $23,000 from Officine Gullo.

The Chambers Retro Kitchen Range in white is the vintage range at the Hudson Milliner B&B in Hudson, New York. Reconditioned vintage ranges can be sourced from LA’s Savon Appliance, which specializes in Wedgewood and O’Keefe & Merrit, and Antique Appliances of Clayton, Georgia. For a list of vintage range dealers across the country, go to Retro Renovation and see our post Remodeling 101: 8 Sources for Used Appliances for more.
Above: The Chambers Retro Kitchen Range in white is the vintage range at the Hudson Milliner B&B in Hudson, New York. Reconditioned vintage ranges can be sourced from LA’s Savon Appliance, which specializes in Wedgewood and O’Keefe & Merrit, and Antique Appliances of Clayton, Georgia. For a list of vintage range dealers across the country, go to Retro Renovation and see our post Remodeling 101: 8 Sources for Used Appliances for more.

Looking for other ranges? See our posts 10 Easy Pieces: Freestanding 36-Inch Kitchen Ranges and 10 Easy Pieces: Colorful Freestanding Kitchen Ranges for more.

See some of these retro ranges in action:

Lacanche:

La Cornue:

Aga:

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