When I first started my apprenticeship, appliance cabinets were all the rage. Working in rural, North Island New Zealand, the small town of Kaitaia had yet to catch up on kitchen trends internationally.
Here in New Zealand we are all about practicalities. And appliance cabinets were/are practical! Being able to hide your crusty old toaster, jug and any other unsightly appliances away from guests is handy. They also make a perfect hiding spot for keys, kids homework and everything else that should never be forgotten about.
Throughout the years I’ve seen some horror cases though. I started working with insurance work, and cringed as I saw a case where the door pushed the toaster handle down. The kitchen was a complete write off, fortunately no-one was hurt.