Depending on your personal taste, you'll either love or hate retro-kitsch appliances. Usually, the same goes for modern and minimal ones. It all varies on what you want to do with your kitchen and which type of appliance style you prefer.
If you love retro-kitsch, you've probably lusted after Smeg appliances. The Italian-designed fridges are especially distinctive and unique. Having a retro appliance in your kitchen will serve as an accent. This doesn't mean that you need all of your appliances to be retro. It's usually best to stay with one, since trying to match them can be problematic. Retro-styled appliances can be seen in big and small screen, ensuring that the trend continues on in 2011. The pistachio-colored New World cooker is also quite peculiar. It comes with an electric grill and oven.
Stylistically, modern and minimal appliances can be seen as the polar opposite of retro and vintage ones, but it all depends on how you are able to pull your kitchen together. There are some incredible ones by Viking Range, but they are also quite expensive. Most modern electric range stoves include a glass top cooking surface, that can be hard to clean at times, but it does function very well and looks good.
We think that combining these two styles could work well. For example, having a retro fridge with other modern appliances would help to create a contrast, which is always good in kitchens, unless you're going for the overall stainless look.